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Near Disaster at JFK
By Ofonime Essien
Air traffic controllers reacted quickly to avoid potential disaster at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday.
According to NBC New York, an inbound Volaris flight traveling from Mexico was mistakenly lined up with the same runway that an outbound Delta Air Lines flight was preparing to take off from. The incoming aircraft was approaching Runway 13 right but was supposed to land on the parallel Runway 13 left.
“Brickyard 4231 cancel takeoff plans,” an air traffic controller was heard saying over the radio. “Brickyard cancel takeoff plans.”
Officials simultaneously ordered the Volaris pilots to perform a go-around. “You’re lined up on the wrong runway,” said another air traffic controller. “Volaris 880 go around, turn left heading 100.”
The Volaris flight eventually reentered the traffic pattern around 1:25 p.m. ET Tuesday and later landed safely on the correct runway.
After aborting takeoff and taxiing off the runway the Delta flight eventually “re-queued for departure and completed the flight to Washington Reagan without incident,” the airline confirmed in a statement to Fox News.
“The crew of Delta Flight 4231, operated by Delta Connection carrier Republic Airline, safely executed a low-speed takeoff rejection from New York-JFK Tuesday afternoon at the direction of air traffic control,” the airline said. “Following proper procedures, the aircraft exited the runway.”
In its own statement, Volaris said it plans to investigate what led to the mishap.
“At Volaris, the safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. Pursuant to our protocols, we will conduct an investigation to determine the factors that led to this event.”
Tuesday’s incident comes nearly four months after a Delta flight collided with an American Airlines aircraft on the taxiway at JFK. No injuries were reported. However, both planes sustained significant damage and had to be taken out of service.
Last month, an EgyptAir flight clipped wings with a Virgin Atlantic flight while taxiing at the busy airport.
Two planes also came in contact at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this past summer.