The FAA is launching an investigation after two planes nearly collided at JFK airport

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Grounded Delta Airlines planes are parked at gates at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 11, 2023 in New York.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation after two commercial airliners narrowly avoided a crash at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

The FAA said a Boeing 737 operated by Delta Air Lines aborted takeoff around 8:45 p.m. when air traffic controllers noticed another American Airlines plane crossing the runway. The Delta flight “stopped the takeoff roll approximately 1,000 feet” from where the American Airlines Boeing 777 had gone over, according to the FAA’s preliminary investigation.

The agency told CNBC that the information is subject to change.

National Transportation Safety Board he said in a tweet on Sunday that they are also investigating what happened.

Flight attendant @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!” one person is heard saying.

“Refused,” replied another.

A representative for Delta Air Lines said that 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 shortages and departed the next morning.

“The safety of our customers and our crew is always Delta’s top priority,” the representative said in a statement. depart at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travel.”

A spokesman for American Airlines said the company would defer to the FAA for comment.

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