JetBlue plane hits the tail of another parked aircraft at JFK airport

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Two JetBlue planes have lightly bumped into one another on the runway of New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on January 18, 2023.

JetBlue flight 1603 was bound for Puerto Rico when it struck the tail of an empty parked JetBlue plane as it was departing the gate.

There were no injuries reported.

JetBlue issued the following statement, which was seen by local media

“On Wednesday morning, JetBlue flight 1603 with scheduled service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU), came into light contact with a parked unoccupied aircraft during pushback. Flight 1603 returned to the gate, no injuries were reported, and the flight has been assigned to another aircraft.  Safety is JetBlue’s first priority, and both aircraft involved will be taken out of service for inspection and the incident will be investigated.”

This is the second unusual incident to occur at JFK airport in less than a week. 

On January 13, 2023, A Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-900 and an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 almost collided on the runway while both aircraft, which were full of passengers, were preparing for takeoff.

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