JFK almost sees runway crash

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on June 23, 2011

A Lufthansa jet had to abort its take-off from JFK airport in New York after an Egyptian plane strayed too close to one of the hub’s runways.

“Cancel take-off plans,” an American air traffic official could be heard shouting over the radio. The official said that an EgyptAir jet was instructed to remain 250ft from the runway being used by Lufthansa plane, but moved too close. The Lufthansa jet had to brake quickly after its order to stop from air traffic control. Radio chatter has indicated that the pilot had to slam on the brakes after receiving orders to grind to a halt. US aviation authorities immediately launched an investigation into how the near-miss arose.

The Lufthansa plane, bound for Munich, was carrying 286 passengers. The EgyptAir jet, according to the New York Post, was a Boeing 777. Kathleen Bergen, representing the Federal Aviation Administration, spoke to reports and told how the Lufthansa plane managed to stop a considerable distance from EgyptAir’s 986 flight. After the Lufthansa plane came to a halt, the pilot explained that he had incredibly hot brakes and should be allowed to take a minute.

JFK Airport’s tower controller said that a maintenance crew would be inspecting them later. Shortly after, a man that has been identified as a Virgin America pilot said over the radio that quite a show was put on and that he thought a short career was going to come to an end.

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