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

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The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation after two commercial jets narrowly avoided a collision at JFK International Airport on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

The FAA said the Boeing 737 operated by Delta Air Lines aborted takeoff around 8:45 p.m. when air traffic controllers spotted another American Airlines plane crossing the runway. According to the FAA’s initial analysis, the Delta flight “came to a stop approximately 1,000 feet” from where the American Airlines Boeing 777 crossed.

The agency told CNBC that information is subject to change.

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

Flight spotter @xJonNYC spotted it near misses and shared audio Saturday about a tense exchange at air traffic control on Twitter.

“Delta 1943 has canceled flight plans. one person is heard saying.

“Rejection,” replies another.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman said Flight 1943 was bound for the Dominican Republic, but after the plane stopped on the runway, it returned to the gate and customers were disembarked.

The flight was delayed overnight due to staffing issues and departed the following morning.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” the spokesperson said in a statement. Delta will work with and assist aviation authorities in conducting a full review of the January 13, 1943 flight related to the successful aborting of the New York-JFK flight. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their journeys.”

An American Airlines spokeswoman said the company would reach out to the FAA for comment.



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