Caribbean Airlines pilots suspended pending investigation of near miss at JFK
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The two Caribbean Airlines pilots involved in a near collision on Saturday night at New York’s JFK International Airport have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident, the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) said in a statement.
The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800, arriving from Georgetown, Guyana, reportedly failed to stop short of a runway as instructed and caused a JetBlue Airbus A320-200 to abort its takeoff at high speed.
Although the two aircraft were reportedly no closer than 2,800 feet (half a mile), the takeoff speed of an Airbus A320 is 170 mph or 250 feet per second. In other words, at the reported closest proximity of 2,800 feet, the JetBlue aircraft could have been as little as 11 seconds from disaster.
Caribbean Airlines indicated it is concerned with the occurrence and is complying with the investigation.
“Caribbean Airlines takes allegations of this type very seriously, and is committed to working with the industry authorities to investigate all the facts. We are in the process of investigating and compiling the facts surrounding this allegation in cooperation with all regulatory agencies,” the airline said in a statement.
In the interim, Caribbean Airlines said it is complying with all incident management procedures included within its safety management system and adjunct regulations.
Caribbean Airlines operates 22 aircraft with over 600 weekly flights into the Caribbean, North and South America and the UK.