JetBlue flight strikes another plane at JFK airport,
Federal officials are investigating after a JetBlue flight struck the tail of another aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday.
JetBlue confirmed to USA TODAY that flight 1603, which was scheduled to travel from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, “came into light contact with a parked unoccupied aircraft during pushback.” The unoccupied aircraft is owned by JetBlue.
The plane returned to its gate, and the flight was assigned to another aircraft, the airline said. There were no injuries reported, and both aircraft are being inspected, the airline noted. USA TODAY has reached out for additional information.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY that it will investigate the incident. The FAA also confirmed that the flight struck another aircraft at approximately 7 a.m., and both aircraft were Airbus 320.
“Any time you have a runway incursion like this, there’s a potential for very bad things to happen,” said Robert Sumwalt, former chair of the NTSB, told CBS New York. “The NTSB is going to be wanting to understand what happened, why did this happen. Was there a distraction in the cockpit of the American flight? Was there misunderstanding as to the air traffic control clearance?”
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