The Federal Aviation Administration said an investigation is underway after the near-avoidance of a plane crash between two planes at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport on Friday night.
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 plane was set to take off from the busy airport at about 8:45 a.m. after air controllers spotted another aircraft operated by American Airlines crossing in front of the departing plane He was ordered to stop. jetliner, the FAA said in a statement.
“Delta 1943, cancel takeoff clearance!” An air controller can be heard saying this in an audio recording of the air traffic control communication created by LiveATC, a website that monitors and shares flight communications.
The Delta plane was able to stop safely with no sudden stop felt by the passengers.
“It was like a split second of panic that resulted in this audible response on the plane,” Brian Healey, a passenger on the Delta flight, told NBC News. “I felt adrenaline and there was complete calm on the plane and it was a relief when the plane stopped.”
According to the FAA, the Delta plane came to a stop about 1,000 feet from where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, crossed an adjacent taxiway.
The aircraft, which had 145 passengers and 6 crew members on board, returned to the gate following the incident and the customers had to disembark.
A spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines said the flight was delayed overnight due to crew resources, providing overnight accommodations for passengers. It left just before 10:20 a.m. on Saturday
“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” he said, adding that the airline will “work with and assist aviation authorities on a full review” of the incident.
American Airlines referred all calls to the FAA.
John Cox, a retired pilot and aviation safety professor at the University of Southern California, said he questioned whether “there was miscommunication between the US crew and air traffic controllers.”
Asked how rare such incidents are, he said: “It happens occasionally when there is a misunderstanding about air traffic control clearance and someone has to decline a takeoff.”
FAA and both National Transportation Safety Board Said that they will investigate the incident.