The aircraft, bound for California, was in the process of departing at approximately 8:30 p.m. when the crew alerted the control tower to the apparent issue, as stated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
JetBlue A321 Aborts Takeoff at JFK
All passengers, with a capacity of around 180, were evacuated from the plane to allow fire officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to address the flames.
Contrary to online rumors suggesting the plane had veered off the runway and was engulfed in fire, the FDNY quickly arrived and determined that no action was necessary as the aircraft was secure, and there was no fire.
The FAA later identified the problem on the Airbus 321 as an “engine problem,” providing no further details.
All passengers were required to evacuate the aircraft, and fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The problem with the Airbus 321 was determined by the FAA to be an “engine problem,” though specific details were not provided.
JetBlue’s maintenance team conducted an investigation into the issue, and it appeared to be resolved after a few hours.
The plane eventually took off at 12:10 a.m., which was a five-hour delay from its initial scheduled departure time, as indicated by Flight Aware data.
The aircraft involved in the incident is Airbus A321-200 and is registered as N950JT. Further, the aircraft is 8.7 years old and is powered by two IAE V2500 engines.
The FAA is currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
This occurrence on the Airbus is happening concurrently with ongoing investigations into recurrent issues on Boeing 737 planes in the United States and internationally, which include instances such as a panel falling off an Alaska Airlines (AS) jet.
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