Investigators are looking into a close call that occurred Friday night at a New York airport between two planes, one of which was crossing a runway and the other of which was getting ready to take off.
″(Expletive)! Delta 1943, revoke your takeoff authorization! Delta 1943, revoke the takeoff authorization! When he saw the other plane, operated by American Airlines, crossing in front, the air traffic controller said in an audio recording of air traffic control conversations. LiveATC, a service that tracks and uploads aircraft communications, made the recording.
Around 8:45 p.m., the leaving Boeing 737 from Delta Air Lines safely came to a stop while the other crossed in front of it, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
A passenger on the Delta airplane named Brian Heale stated at first he believed the abrupt stop to be a mechanical problem.
Everyone was sort of shoved forward from the waist as the plane suddenly jerked, he recalled. “When the brakes applied, there was an audible reaction, like to a gasp. After that, there was complete silence for a brief period of time.
Heale claimed that he didn’t comprehend the seriousness of what might have happened on that runway until he was reading through Twitter the next day while vacationing with his husband in the Dominican Republic.
It would have been chaos, so the pilot’s decision to only communicate information with those who needed to know was unquestionably the right one, he claimed.
Professor of aviation safety at the University of Southern California John Cox, a retired pilot, stated that he believed the controller “made a good call to refuse the takeoff.”
He claimed that pilots are “extremely, very familiar” with the rejected takeoff safety technique, which involves stopping the aircraft and aborting takeoff.
When they enter the simulator, “pilots virtually always practice refused takeoff,” he said.
According to the FAA statement, the American Airlines plane had crossed from a nearby taxiway around 1,000 feet (or 0.3 kilometers) before the Delta plane arrived.
According to a Delta representative, the 145 passengers disembarked from the aircraft when it arrived back at the gate and were given overnight lodgings. On Saturday morning, the plane departed for Santa Domingo Airport in the Dominican Republic.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will look into the matter on Saturday.
The National Transportation Safety Board also said that it was investigating the incident.
They’ll review all of the communications between the American jet and air traffic control to determine who made a mistake, according to Cox.
“Delta will collaborate with aviation authorities and offer support for a thorough investigation into flight 1943’s successful aborted takeoff at New York-JFK on January 13. We regret the inconvenience and delay in our clients’ travel plans, a Delta representative stated in a statement.
American Airlines declined to comment on the incident and stated that the FAA should be contacted with any questions.