A Delta Flight that was going from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport to Paris, France, on Sept. 24, was forced to make an emergency landing at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, shortly after takeoff.
The plane blew several tires during the landing, officials said.
Port Authority Police said Delta Flight 20 had “hydraulic failure” and when it was diverted to JFK airport in New York City, it “landed heavy.” That resulted “in smoking, hot brakes causing two tires on each main gear to rupture,” police said on Twitter.
Delta, meanwhile, confirmed the landing.
“Delta flight 20 from Newark to Paris, France diverted to JFK due to a maintenance issue. The flight was subsequently towed to the gate and Delta dispatched an alternate aircraft to continue the flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority,” a spokesperson told Fox News.
Mon., 9/24, JFK Airport; #PAPD ARFF with Delta Flt 20 that departed NWK & had hydraulic failure. Diverted to JFK, landed heavy on R/W 4L resulting in smoking, hot brakes causing two tires on each main gear to rupture. #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #jfkairport pic.twitter.com/uKmC9v8aHs
— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) September 25, 2018
News12 reported that more than 200 passengers were on board the Delta plane.
According to NJ.com, the delayed flight didn’t take off for more than seven hours, and it finally departed at 3:13 a.m. on Sept. 25.
It comes about three weeks after an Emirates Airlines plane landed at JFK Airport with dozens of sick passengers on board. NBC New York at the time reported that 19 people were sick, but initial reports said that at least 100 out of 500 passengers got sick. A passenger on that plane, Erin Sykes, shared video footage (seen at the top part of the video) of how officials handled the incident.
New York City health department officials said that the sick passengers likely had influenza, the NBC affiliate report stated.