While the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation of an April 10 incident, in which an American Airlines flight was forced to turn around after striking a foreign object while departing from the airport, a source is now stating that the plane "nearly crashed."
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According to CBS News, American Airlines Flight 300 was taking off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 8:40 p.m., with an intended final destination of Los Angeles, when the wing scraped the ground and then hit a sign and light pole. The flight was forced to turn around and landed at JFK at 9:09 p.m.
NTSB shared in a tweet that the flight “experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the left wingtip."
I was on @AmericanAir flight 300 from JFK this evening which had the most harrowing take off ever. Once airborne the pilot told us the flight systems were down and he returned us to JFK safely. We then saw the left wing when we deplaned. Having a beer (or many) now pic.twitter.com/6j9DRTZhmY— Jeff Tahler (@jtahler) April 11, 2019
"On April 10, American Airlines Flight 300 from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) returned to JFK after the aircraft struck an object upon departure. The flight, which took off at 8:40 p.m. ET, landed safely at JFK at 9:09 p.m. ET, and taxied to the gate. There were 102 passengers and 8 crew members on the Airbus A321 aircraft, and no injuries were reported. We are fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of Flight 300,” a spokesperson for American Airlines said in a statement.
#breaking New pictures obtained by @CBSNewYork show some of the damage to @AmericanAir flt 300 including what was described as a runway “edge light” embedded in the damaged wing. The plane flew for 28 minutes with that light stuck in the wing! More on the @CBSEveningNews tonight pic.twitter.com/owL4peOxgv— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) April 17, 2019
However, a source told CBS that the actual situation was worse than the reports let on, stating, "That was as close as anybody would ever want to come to crashing." There was also an alleged "loss of control" during takeoff.
"The FAA, American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association will be parties to the NTSB's investigation, and the BEA of France has designated an accredited representative as the state of design and manufacture of the airplane with Airbus as their technical adviser," NTSB said in a statement, announcing a formal investigation.
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