Authorities investigating why two planes nearly collided at JFK Airport

A close call between two planes at John F Kennedy Airport in New York is under investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said. The FAA announced the

probe after a plane taxied in front of an airliner that was taking off on Friday night. The Delta Air LinesBoeing 737 plane that was in the middle of take-off came to a

stop within 1,000 feet (305 metres) of the taxiing American Airlines Boeing 777 at around 8.45pm on Friday, the agency said. No injuries were recorded. Air traffic

controllers “noticed another aircraft crossing the runway in front of the departing jetliner,” an agency statement said. “According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines

Flight 1943 stopped its takeoff roll approximately 1,000 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, had crossed from an adjacent

taxiway.” Delta said its 737-900 was heading to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic with 145 passengers and six staff members on board. The airline said the plane

had to go back to the gate and couldn’t depart because of staff problems. The flight instead took off on Saturday morning after passengers had been provided with hotel

accommodations overnight. “The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta told CNN. The airline said it will work with the National

Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to analyse the problem. “Delta will work with and assist the NTSB on a full review of flight 1943 on Jan 13 regarding an aborted takeoff

procedure at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay of their travels,” the airline added.