JAMAICA, QUEENS (WABC) — The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating what it calls a “runway incursion” at JFK Airport, where two planes narrowly avoided crashing on a busy runway.
It happened on Friday just before 9:00 p.m. Two planes were on the runway, and according to air traffic reports, one of the jets suddenly crossed the path of an oncoming, accelerating plane that had been cleared for takeoff.
Officials say the Delta plane, accelerating for takeoff, hit the brakes and was able to stop the multi-ton plane within 1,000 feet of the crossing plane, narrowly preventing it from skidding down the runway.
The Delta pilots returned to the gate with 145 passengers and six crew members safely on board. The next morning, the flight left for the Dominican Republic.
However, at least one passenger did not board.
“We were all fired up,” Brian Healy said.
Healy returned home to Greenwich Village. He was thankful the planes didn’t collide, but decided to cancel his quick trip to the Caribbean and stay on the ground.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said.
The pilot had about 1,000 feet to go before stalling. The other plane was an American Airlines Boeing 777. As Eyewitness News learned, he flew to London at night.
Now federal experts are investigating how it happened.
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