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FAA investigating near miss between two planes at JFK Airport: NPR

Ground planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 11, 2023 during a systems outage.

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Ground planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 11, 2023 during a systems outage.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss accident between two commercial airliners at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.

According to preliminary information from the FAA, a Delta Airlines flight had to stop its “takeoff roll about 1,000 feet” from where an American Airlines plane crossed the same runway in front of the Delta plane.

The FAA said the close contact occurred around 8:45 p.m. local time as the American Airlines plane, a Boeing 777, was traveling from an adjacent taxi lane and air traffic controllers noticed the two planes approaching.

in the sound Posted on Twitter by flight spotter @xJonNYCthe panicked air traffic controller seems to realize the two planes are converging and tells the Delta plane, a Boeing 737, to stop.

“Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans! Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans!” says the person. Someone replies, “No.”

Another clip appears to be a conversation between an air traffic controller and an American Airlines pilot.

“I thought we were going to listen to the tapes, but you were supposed to take runway 4 left,” says the air traffic controller. “You are currently being held [runway] 3-1 left.”

A Delta spokesperson said the safety of its customers and crew was the airline’s top priority.

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“Delta will work with and assist aviation authorities in a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 in connection with a take-off abortion at New York JFK Airport,” the spokesperson said in a statement. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their flights.

According to Delta, 145 passengers and six crew members were on board the flight bound for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The airline said the flight returned to the gate after a near miss, and was delayed overnight due to crew resources. The agents were given overnight accommodations and the flight departed the next morning.

American Airlines said it has deferred suspension to the Federal Aviation Administration.