Two planes almost collided at New York Airport

The plane taking off was only able to brake 300 meters in front of the stationary machine. It’s not the first time something like this has happened at the airport.

Two passenger planes nearly collided at New York JFK Airport last week.

Seth Wenig / AP

«Delta 1943 Cancel Take-off Clearance!» With these words, shouted into the radio in the towers, a collision between two passenger planes could be avoided last Friday. The incident took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly before 9 p.m. (local time) on Friday evening, as the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

The two planes, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 and a Republic Airlines Embraer E175, were both attempting to take off from the same runway at the same time. Fortunately, the Delta plane was able to brake 300 meters in front of the stationary machine, avoiding a potentially catastrophic disaster. This incident is the latest in a string of near-misses at JFK Airport, highlighting the need for improved safety protocols.

The FAA is currently investigating the incident and is expected to release a full report in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the FAA has released a statement urging all pilots to exercise caution and to be aware of the potential for dangerous situations while operating in busy airspace.