US 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 (Thursday NZT).
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 also 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.
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 7am, and both aircraft were Airbus 320.
The incident comes after a near-collision between two commercial airplanes at the New York City airport last week.
The FAA said preliminary information indicated that a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 came to a stop on a runway “after air traffic controllers noticed another aircraft crossing the runway in front of the departing jetliner” at approximately 8.45pm.
The Delta Air Lines flight stopped its takeoff roll approximately 1000 feet before reaching where an American Airlines Boeing 777 crossed from an adjacent taxiway.
– USA Today