According to the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators are already conducting interviews after a narrowly escaped catastrophic crash between two airliners at New York’s JFK airport on Friday evening, January 13th, 2023.
The incident happened when an American Airlines 777 crossed an active runway at the bustling airport. Over the radio, an air traffic controller directed a Delta Air Lines 737 to abort its departure from the same runway where the American airliner slid across its path. The Delta airliner came to a stop within 1,000 feet of the American plane.
Fortunately, the near-accident was avoided, and no one was injured.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta said in a statement issued to CNN, adding that it is ready to cooperate with any analysis of the incident the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) may wish to initiate.
“Delta will work with and assist the NTSB on a full review of flight 1943 on Jan. 13 regarding an aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK,” the carrier’s spokesperson said in a statement. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay of their travels.”
NTSB spokeswoman Sarah Sulick stated that the investigation is ongoing, She provided no further details.
American (AAL) spokesman Derek Walls said the airline is “conducting a full internal review and cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board in their investigation.”
The union representing American (AAL) pilots, the Allied Pilots Association, said, “We respect the process and we’re going to let that run its full course.”