Transcript for Airline probing incident in which jet wing hit lights on runway during takeoff
Next tonight here, the close call for passengers on an American airlines jet. A wing on the plane was clipped during takeoff from JFK, but now we learn what else happened. ABC's David Kerley covers aviation. Reporter: ABC news has confirmed tonight that the wing of this American airlines jet, dented by hitting a light on takeoff, also hit the runway pavement at JFK. Potentially disasterous, horrifying for passengers. We felt the plane book pretty hard to the left. Everyone just kind of held on really tight. Reporter: Just off the ground, the a-321 jet, headed for Los Angeles with 110 onboard, banks severely to the left, the pilot reports, and asks to return to JFK. Uncontrolled bank, 45 degrees to the left. We had an uncommanded roll to the left as we rotated. What the pilot is saying here is the airplane rolled itself to the left and dragged the wing I can't tell you how unprecedented that is and also incredibly dangerous. Reporter: Tonight, a week after the incident, the NTSB assigned a team of six to investigate. American airlines says its investigation is continuing in and it is cooperating with federal authorities. One of the passengers tells us in those terrifying seconds, she was thinking the worst of the worst. David? All right, David, thank you.
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