Plane nearly lands on runway as another flight departs JFK

2017-12-06 15:13
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New York — Authorities say a Mexico-based airline's passenger jet mistakenly lined up to land on a New York City airport runway as another plane was about to take off.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Volaris Airlines Flight 880 from Mexico City was approaching Kennedy International Airport around 1:25pm Tuesday when an air traffic controller told the crew not to land.

The FAA says the Airbus A319 re-entered the flight traffic pattern and landed safely on the correct runway.

The plane that was already rolling down the runway as the Volaris flight approached was Delta Flight 4231, operated by Delta Connection carrier Republic Airline. A Republic spokeperson says the crew safely halted its take-off and later completed its flight to Washington.

It's not clear how close the planes were to each other.

WATCH: 'Worst aviation' disaster averted as Air Canada jet nearly lands on four planes

In July this year, Air Canada jet nearly landed on a taxiway holding four other planes instead of a runway at San Francisco International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperso Ian Gregor says the pilot of the Airbus A320 inadvertently lined up to land on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway. An air traffic controller ordered the jet to pull up and circle for another approach, and it landed without further incident. Gregor declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.

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