An American Airlines Boeing 777 taking off

American Airlines Boeing 777 reportedly nearly collided with Delta 737 at JFK in New York

Two planes leaving JFK were reported to have nearly collided.


A close call was reported to have occurred between an American Airlines Boeing 777 and a Delta Boeing 737 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York on January 13, 2023.


An event that almost resulted in a tragedy

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 (registration N914DU) was leaving for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, when an American Airlines Boeing 777 (registration N754AN) crossed the same runway. An air traffic controller noticed the American Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft and forced Delta Air Lines flight DL1943 to abort takeoff. The initial report of the incident came from JonNYC via Twitter, according to View from the Wing.

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A LiveATC.net recording revealed that an air traffic controller instructed DL1943 to abort takeoff. The air traffic controller yelled, “Delta 1943 cancel takeoff clearance.” Subsequently, the Delta Boeing 737 aborted takeoff in two seconds and cleared the runway.

Meanwhile, American Airlines Flight AA106, which was scheduled to fly into London Heathrow Airport (LHR), appeared not to have been cleared to cross that runway. According to air traffic control recordings, the Boeing 777 aircraft was supposed to leave runway 4L, but was left on runway 31L.

Delta Airlines Boeing 737-900 N930DZ

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | simple flight

Simple Flying has asked American Airlines and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for comment.

The American Airlines Boeing 777 bound for London Heathrow airport in the United Kingdom took off 20 minutes after the incident occurred. Meanwhile, after aborting its takeoff, the Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 returned to the gate.

According to passenger Brian Healy, flight DL1493 between New York’s JFK airport and Santo Domingo took off 15 hours later.

rare occurrence

For a safe takeoff and landing, pilots must maintain continuous communication with air traffic controllers and ground crews to prevent a disastrous accident on the runway.

It is worth noting that runway incidents and accidents can be attributed to a variety of causes, including pilot or air traffic control errors, improper runway maintenance, unauthorized movement, and technical malfunctions. But while track collisions are extremely rare, they still happen occasionally.

The last incident on the runway was reported in September 2022, when the wing of a Korean Air aircraft came into contact with the tail rudder of an Icelandair Boeing 757 at London Heathrow Airport, UK. Although this was labeled a “minor incident”, it was still considered a serious incident.

An American Airlines Boeing 777-300 in the hangar

Photo: American Airlines

Meanwhile, the deadliest runway accident occurred when two Boeing 747 planes crashed on the runway at Los Rodeos airport in 1977. The KLM plane, as it began its takeoff, collided with the Pan Am plane that remained on the runway. , resulting in the loss of 583 lives.

Sources: LiveATC.net; View from the wing; jonnyc

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