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FAA launches investigation after two planes nearly collide 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 Recent York.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation after two industrial airplanes 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 stopped its takeoff around 8:45 p.m. when air traffic controllers noticed one other American Airlines aircraft crossing the runway. The Delta flight “stopped its takeoff roll roughly 1,000 feet” from the purpose where the American Airlines Boeing 777 had crossed, based on the FAA’s preliminary evaluation.

The agency told CNBC the data is subject to vary.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet Sunday that it is usually investigating the incident.

Flight watcher @xJonNYC noticed the near miss and shared audio of the tense air traffic control exchange on Twitter Saturday.

“Delta 1943 cancel takeoff plans! Delta 1943 cancel takeoff plans!” one person may be heard saying.

“Rejecting,” one other person responds.

A representative for Delta Air Lines said Flight 1943 was heading to the Dominican Republic, but after the aircraft stopped on the runway, it returned to the gate and customers deplaned.

The flight was delayed overnight attributable to crew resources and departed the subsequent morning.

“The protection of our customers and crew is all the time Delta’s primary priority,” the representative said in an announcement. “Delta will work with and assist aviation authorities on a full review of flight 1943 on Jan. 13 regarding a successful aborted takeoff procedure at Recent York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay of their travels.”

A spokesperson for American Airlines said the corporate will defer to the FAA for comment.

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