Delta Airlines On A Rampage At JFK Airport, Three Wingtip Collisions In Just Two Days (One Person Injured)

Delta Airlines pilots at JFK seem to be a bit in a hurry, careless or a combination of both as three jets have clipped other planes and in one instance a truck with their wings, causing at least one injury.

While not uncommon, such incidents are extremely rare and usually require the involved aircraft to be taken out of service for maintenance causing delays and cancellations.

Strange is not that this happened but the frequency of it. Three such incidents in a matter of only two days at the same airport is definitely cause for concern as to what the reason behind these accidents might be.

Bloomberg Business (access here) reported about it, also detailing the injury of an airport worker.

Delta Air Lines Inc. planes were involved in three wingtip collisions in separate accidents over two days on the ground at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, injuring one man.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that it is investigating the incidents, indicating that they may be more serious than usual or that there may be a pattern. Low-speed collisions sometimes occur between planes and other aircraft or vehicles on the tarmac and taxiways, and usually don’t cause significant damage or injuries.

The first mishap occurred at 7:12 p.m. on Aug. 15, when a Boeing Co. 737 operated by Delta and an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing 757 each were taxiing out for departure. The Delta plane’s left wing touched the American jet’s tail. No one was injured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The flight returned to the gate and passengers deplaned normally,” Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said. “Customers were accommodated on an alternate aircraft, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience to those customers.”

About 4:30 p.m. the next day, a JFK ground crew was directing a Delta Connection regional aircraft operated by Endeavor Air that had arrived from Chicago. As it taxied to the gate, its left wing touched the right wing of a parked Delta Connection plane that was operated by GoJet Airlines.

“Each aircraft was returned to service following a maintenance evaluation,” Thomas said. “The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority and the incident is being looked into.”

An hour later, the left wingtip of a Delta MD-88 jet touched a flatbed truck as it was turning into a ramp area. While the FAA reported no injuries, Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, said the driver of the aircraft tug vehicle was treated at a hospital and released. …

Is Delta Airlines JFK Terminal beyond capacity or are there other reasons that can contribute to a spike in such accidents within a short period of time?


At least the NTSB is looking into it what might have caused these collisions and no doubt will also examine the record of other (similar) incidents at JFK. At least the driver of the tug vehicle wasn’t seriously hurt so he was able to be released from the hospital again.