Aborted takeoff at one of America’s busiest airports

A jetliner at New York’s JFK airport was forced to abort takeoff because another plane was on the runway; this was due to a miscommunication between the air traffic controllers and a pilot.
2:27 | 01/12/20

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Moving on now to a close call this weekend at one of America's busiest airport. Jetliner forced to abort takeoff because there was another airplane on the runway. Trevor, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. You know on these runways we have jets filled with passengers and fuel hitting staggering speeds. And if you're not careful and don't communicate properly, it could be a recipe for disaster and that's what happened here. This morning, delta and FAA are trying to determine what led up to a tense moment and near-disaster on the runway at JFK airport. Delta. Delta 300. Delta 253 is aborting takeoff. Reporter: Delta 300 had just landed on tarmac as delta flight 253 was beginning to take off. Delta 300 begins to cross on the same runway, blocking the path of the departing path. The pilot apparently confusing the air traffic controller's instructions about when to cross. Delta 300 you were instructed to hold short of runway 22, right? I thought that's what you said. I said hold short of 2-2 right and I asked you for your gate number. That's my fault. Reporter: This incident similar to an even closer call in 2016 in Atlanta. A delta jet speeding to take off hitting 140 miles per hour, then screeching to a halt to avoid another delta jet crossing the runway. The air traffic controller quick to apologize. In 2017, this near-disaster in San Francisco. An air Canada flight mistakenly landing on the taxi way within a packed united flight. The FAA says situations like these are rare. In all of 2019 there were more than 1700 runway incursions but only two of them were serious incidents involving commercial planes. We're dealing with human beings and humans make errors despite the best of our technology. Reporter: So what appears to have gone in this instance the air track controller told that airliner to landed. He was asked what's your gate. Pilot said gate 22 he never acknowledged the instruction or repeated it back. They caught the mistake before it became a much larger issue. Trevor, thank you. We have dramatic video this morning of an attempted abduction foiled by quick-thinking family members.

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