An American Airlines flight to Phoenix aborted takeoff at JFK Airport after two tires blew and 142 passengers were evacuated.
- Six crew members and 142 passengers were evacuated from Phoenix Flight 2898 at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
- Two of the plane’s tires were torn to shreds on the runway as the plane was about to take off.
- The Boeing 737-800 pulled over safely to the side of the runway following the incident.
- Passengers were able to board another flight around 5 p.m. before arriving in Arizona four hours after their original arrival time.
An American Airlines flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was interrupted Tuesday after two of the plane’s tires blew to shreds on the airfield during takeoff.
According to American Airlines, Flight 2898 to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was stopped and canceled just after 1 pm due to a mechanical problem.
The aircraft, which was a Boeing 737-800, came to a halt safely on the side of the runway, and 142 passengers, as well as six crew members on board, were asked to evacuate before being taken to the terminal by bus.
They were waiting at the airport to board another plane, which continued to fly to Phoenix.
There were no reports of casualties in the incident.
Both tires of American Airlines Flight 2829 (pictured) were torn to shreds as the plane was about to take off from the JFK runway in Phoenix, Arizona.
The aircraft had to be evacuated from the runway before passengers and crew were ordered to evacuate.
There were six crew members and 142 passengers on board. No injuries reported
The aircraft was taken out of service for evaluation and repair.
Passengers were able to take off from John F. Kennedy Airport on another plane at 5:55 pm and arrived in the Arizona capital at 9:30 am.
Flight 2898 was originally scheduled to depart New York at 12:45 p.m. and arrive in Phoenix at 4:37 p.m.
The mechanical error occurred less than 48 hours after American Airlines Flight 1775 from Los Angeles to D.C. was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon due to an “out-of-control passenger” who attempted to enter the cockpit and then tried to open the exit door.
Flight Radar 24 shows the plane turning around after both of its tires were severely damaged just before takeoff.
The passenger, whose identity has not yet been established, was detained by flight attendants and other passengers.
He was arrested and taken into custody after the plane landed.
Muaz Mustafa, a DC resident, was on board the plane and said he saw a flight attendant yelling at another crew member, ordering them to turn on the lights, before the plane suddenly began to descend.
More passengers rushed to the front of the plane to help restrain the passenger, Mustafa said.
The passenger allegedly tried to get into the cabin and open the exit door before the flight attendant hit the man on the head with a coffee pot in an attempt to subdue him.
American Airlines Flight 1775 was scheduled to make an emergency landing in Kansas City before the FBI arrested witnesses who tried to enter the cabin and open the exit door.
American Airlines then released a statement regarding the incident, saying the plane had landed safely in Kansas City.
“American Airlines Flight 1775 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington, DC (DCA) was diverted to Kansas City (MCI) due to a naughty passenger,” according to a statement sent to .
“The flight landed safely at MCI at 2:28 p.m. local time and law enforcement was asked to meet the flight upon arrival,” the statement said.
“We are grateful to our crew members who are constantly concerned about the safety and care of our customers and handled the circumstances with the highest skill and professionalism.”