(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration has announced it is launching an investigation into how a commercial airliner taxied Friday night for a flight taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The crew of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 aborted takeoff and eventually stopped within 300 feet of the taxiing American Airlines Boeing 777, the FAA said. No one was injured in the incident, which took place around 8:45 p.m. Friday.
Air traffic controllers had “noted another aircraft crossing the runway ahead of the departing jet,” the FAA said in a statement. “According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines Flight 1943 stopped its takeoff roll approximately 300 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, had crossed over from an adjacent taxiway.”
According to Delta, its flight — a 737-900 bound for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — had 145 customers and six crew members on board.
The flight returned to the gate and was then unable to depart due to staffing issues, Delta said. The flight eventually departed Saturday morning, and Delta said it was offering customers a hotel stay.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta said in a statement to CNN, adding that it will work with the National Transportation Safety Board on any analysis.
“Delta will cooperate with and assist the NTSB in a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 regarding an aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay to their travels.”
The NTSB has not yet said it is investigating the incident.
American Airlines declined to comment and referred all questions to the FAA. FlightAware records show that American Airlines Flight 106 was a flight to London Heathrow that departed from JFK on time Friday night and arrived in London on time Saturday morning.