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Lufthansa jet , EgyptAir escape collision at NY airport
Washington, Jun 22 (Agencies):
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Published on 22 Jun. 2011 10:38 PM IST
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A jumbo jet speeding towards takeoff had a terrifying near miss as it screeched to a halt to avoid colliding with another plane that made a wrong turn into its path on a Kennedy Airport runway.
The Lufthansa Boeing 747 was preparing to take off when it narrowly avoided slamming into an EgyptAir Boeing 777, The New York Post reports.
“Cancel take off! Cancel take off plans!” screamed an air controller who saw that the Lufthansa jet headed toward a collision with an Egypt Air on Monday.
The aborted liftoff came as the German airliner was steaming down Runway 22R, where an EgyptAir plane was precariously perched less than a mile away, officials said.
“Those two were coming together,” said an unidentified pilot who witnessed the near-disaster.
The Lufthansa plane was cleared for takeoff seconds before the incident. Its pilots had to slam the brakes so hard, they worried they had become dangerously hot.
A collision would have been an epic tragedy. The Lufthansa jet had 286 passengers, plus crew, the airline said. EgyptAir declined comment, but its Boeing 777s can carry up to 346 passenger, plus crew.
The EgyptAir jet took off for Cairo about 90 minutes after the incident.

 
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