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Two planes departing from JFK are reported to have had a near collision.


An American Airlines Boeing 777 and a Delta Boeing 737 collide at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York on January 13, 2023.


An event that almost led to tragedy

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 (registration N914DU) was en route to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when an American Airlines Boeing 777 (registration N754AN) crossed the same runway. Air traffic controllers spotted an American Airlines Boeing 777 and forced Delta Air Lines flight DL1943 to abort. According to View from the Wing, the initial report of the incident came from JonNYC via Twitter.

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A recording obtained by LiveATC.net showed an air traffic controller instructing DL1943 to abort the flight. The air traffic controller shouted. “Delta 1943 canceled flight clearance”. The Delta Boeing 737 then aborted takeoff within two seconds and cleared the runway.

Meanwhile, American Airlines flight AA106, which was supposed to fly to London Heathrow Airport (LHR), did not seem to have permission to cross that runway. According to air traffic control recordings, the Boeing 777 was supposed to depart from runway 4L but kept to the short runway 31L.

Delta Airlines Boeing 737-900 N930DZ

Photo: Vincenzo Pace Simple Flight

Simple Flying has requested comment from American Airlines and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The American Airlines Boeing 777, which was going to London Heathrow Airport, Great Britain, took off 20 minutes after the incident. Meanwhile, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 returned to the gate after aborting the flight.

According to passenger Brian Healy, flight DL1493 between New York’s JFK Airport and Santo Domingo took off 15 hours later.

A rare occurrence

For a safe takeoff and landing, pilots must maintain continuous communication with air traffic controllers and ground crews to avoid a catastrophic runway accident.

It should be noted that runway incidents and accidents can be attributed to various causes such as pilot or air traffic control error, improper runway maintenance, unauthorized movement and technical malfunction. But while runway collisions are extremely rare, they still happen occasionally.

The last runway incident occurred in September 2022, when a wing of a Korean Air plane came into contact with the tail rudder of an Icelandair Boeing 757 at London Heathrow Airport in the UK. Although this was labeled as a “minor incident”, it was still considered a serious incident.

American Airlines Boeing 777-300 in the hangar

Photo: American Airlines

Meanwhile, the deadliest runway accident occurred when two Boeing 747s crashed on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport in 1977. The KLM plane collided with a Pan Am plane left on the runway as it took off, resulting in a loss. 583 lives.

Sources: LiveATC.net; View from the wing; JonNYC:

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    New York JFK Airport

    IATA/ICAO code.
    JFK/KJFK

    Country:
    United States

    Executive Director.
    Rick Cotton (Executive Director of the New and New Jersey Port Authority)

    Number of passengers.
    16,630,642 (2020)

    Runways.
    4L/22R – 3,682m (12,079 ft) |4R/22L – 2,560m (8,400 ft) |13L/31R – 3,048m (10,000 ft) |13R/31L – 4,423m (14,51)

    Terminals.
    Terminal 1 |: Terminal 2 |: Terminal 4 | Terminal 5 | Terminal 7 |: Terminal 8:

  • Delta A350

    Delta Air Lines

    IATA/ICAO code.
    DL/DAL:

    Airline type.
    Full Service Carrier

    Node(s).
    Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year of establishment.
    1929

    Alliance.
    SkyTeam

    Executive Director.
    Ed Bastian

    Country:
    United States

  • American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from above

    American Airlines

    IATA/ICAO code.
    AA/AAL

    Airline type.
    Full Service Carrier

    Node(s).
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Year of establishment.
    1926

    Alliance.
    a world

    Executive Director.
    Robert Isom

    Country:
    United States



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