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Close contact between 2 planes at New York’s JFK airport under investigation, FAA says


(CNN) – The Federal Aviation Administration announced it is launching an investigation into the way a commercial airliner taxied ahead of a flight departing John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Friday night.

The crew of the Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 aborted takeoff, eventually coming to rest within 1,000 feet of the taxiing American Airlines Boeing 777, the FAA said. No one was injured in the incident, which happened around 20:45 on Friday.

Air traffic controllers “observed another aircraft crossing the runway ahead of the departing aircraft,” the FAA said in a statement. “According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines Flight 1943 aborted its takeoff approximately 1,000 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, was intercepted by an adjacent taxiway.”

According to Delta, its flight — a 737-900 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — had 145 customers and six crew members on board.

The flight returned to the gate and was then unable to take off due to personnel issues, Delta said. The flight eventually took off Saturday morning, and Delta said it provided customers with hotel stays.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta said in a statement to CNN, adding that it will cooperate with the National Transportation Safety Board in any analysis.

“Delta will work with and assist the NTSB in a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 regarding the aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK.” We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their journeys.”

The NTSB has not yet said it is investigating the incident.

American Airlines did not comment, referring all questions to the FAA. FlightAware data shows that American Airlines Flight 106 was bound for London Heathrow, departing on time from JFK on Friday evening and arriving on time in London on Saturday morning.


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