Close call between 2 planes at New York’s JFK airport is under investigation, FAA says

(CNN) – The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it is initiating an investigation into how a commercial airliner taxied in front of a flight taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday night.

The crew of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 aborted its takeoff, coming to a halt less than 300 meters from an American Airlines Boeing 777 taxiing, the FAA said. No one was injured in the incident, which took place at around 8:45 pm on Friday.

Air traffic controllers “noticed another aircraft crossing the runway in front of the departing plane,” the FAA said in a statement. “According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines Flight 1943 stopped its takeoff approximately 1,000 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, crossed from an adjacent taxiway.”

According to Delta, its flight – a 737-900 bound for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – had 145 customers and six crew members on board.

The flight returned to the gate and was unable to depart due to personnel issues, Delta said. The flight ended up leaving on Saturday morning, and Delta said it offered customers a hotel stay.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta said in a statement to CNN, adding that it will cooperate with the National Transportation Safety Board in any review.

“Delta will work with and assist the NTSB in a full review of Flight 1943 on Jan. 13 in connection with an aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travel.”

The NTSB has yet to say it is investigating the incident.

American Airlines had no comment, referring all questions to the FAA. FlightAware’s data shows that American Airlines Flight 106 was a flight bound for London Heathrow that departed on time on Friday night from JFK and arrived on time in London on Saturday morning.