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FAA Investigating After Delta Jet Makes Emergency Landing At JFK

JFK Emergency Landing

A Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta made an emergency landing at JFK and ended up on the grass. (Credit: Mike Steehler)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The FAA is investigating after a Delta jet from Atlanta bound for LaGuardia Airport was diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport because of a problem with its hydraulic system.

Delta Flight 886 made the emergency landing around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The plane landed safely, but as the McDonald Douglas MD88 was taxiing to the terminal, it rolled onto a grassy area.

The following is a transcript of exchanges between the air traffic controller and the pilot of the plane, courtesy of LiveATC.net.

Air traffic control: “Your rear doors are dragging, you have some type of fluid, possibly hydraulic fluid. What is your status at this time?”

Pilot: “I got no hydraulic pressure and I got no brakes.”

Airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the plane was diverted to JFK because it has longer runways.

Scott said Delta Flight 886 was carrying 118 passengers. No one was injured.

“We were on the plane for a half hour, 45 minutes before they finally started to unload people,” one passenger told CBS 2. “Firefighters and emergency vehicles all around, inspecting the plane to make sure there were no issues and eventually we were taken off the back of the plane.”

Passengers were taken to Terminal 2, where buses to LaGuardia were provided.

This is the second emergency landing at JFK in the past week.

Last Friday, a JetBlue plane made an emergency landing because of a bird strike after taking off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

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