Investigators are looking into a close call that occurred Friday night at a New York airport between two planes, one crossing a runway and the other getting ready to take off.
“(Expletive)! Delta 1943, revoke your takeoff authorization! Delta 1943, revoke your takeoff authorization!
“When he saw the other plane, operated by American Airlines, crossing in front, an air traffic controller said in an audio recording of air traffic control conversations.
LiveATC, a service that tracks and uploads aircraft communications, made the recording.
As the aircraft passed in front, the leaving Boeing 737 from Delta Air Lines came to a “safe stop” on the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to John Cox, a retired pilot, and professor of aviation safety at the University of Southern California, “I think the controller made a sound judgment to refuse the takeoff.”
He claimed that pilots are “extremely, very familiar” with the rejected takeoff safety technique, which involves stopping the aircraft and aborting takeoff.
When they enter the simulator, “pilots virtually always practice refused takeoff,” he said.
According to the FAA statement, the American Airlines plane had crossed from a nearby taxiway around 1,000 feet (or 0.3 kilometers) before the Delta plane arrived.
The event, which occurred at 8:45 p.m., will be investigated, the agency announced on Saturday.
Additionally, stating that it was investigating the close call was the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to Cox, they’ll review all of the communications between the American jet and air traffic control to determine who made a mistake.