Grounded Delta Airlines planes are parked at the gates of John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 11, 2023 in New York.
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The Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation after two commercial airliners narrowly avoided a collision at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.
The FAA said a Boeing 737 operated by Delta Air Lines halted its takeoff around 8:45 p.m. when air traffic controllers noticed another American Airlines plane crossing the runway. The Delta flight “stopped its takeoff roll approximately 1,000 feet” from where the American Airlines Boeing 777 had crossed, according to the FAA’s preliminary analysis.
The agency told CNBC that the information is subject to change.
The National Transportation Safety Board he said in a tweet on Sunday which is also investigating the incident.
Flight spotter @xJonNYC noticed the near miss and shared audio of the tense air traffic control exchange on Twitter on Saturday.
“Delta 1943 cancels takeoff plans! Delta 1943 cancels takeoff plans!” you can hear a person say.
“Reject,” another person replies.
A Delta Air Lines representative said Flight 1943 was headed to the Dominican Republic, but after the plane stopped on the runway, it returned to the gate and customers disembarked.
The flight was delayed overnight due to crew resources and departed the next morning.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” the representative said in a statement. “Delta will work with and assist aviation authorities in a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 regarding a successful aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in your trips”.
An American Airlines spokesman said the company will refer to the FAA for comment.