Delta flight 1482 from New Orleans to Salt Lake City was cancelled Friday evening after being told to reject takeoff when another aircraft crossed the taxiway. The Delta Airbus A321 was already accelerating down the runway for its takeoff roll.
my flight just slammed on the brakes as we were taking off to avoid a landing plane. I feel like i’ve seen incidents like this in the news
— Hayden Ⓜ️ (@HaydenM16) April 1, 2023
This incident was brought forward by aviation watchdog JonNYC who points to discussion showing the plane’s acceleration and rapid stop, along with air traffic control audio from the incident.
— 🇺🇦 JonNYC 🇺🇦 (@xJonNYC) April 1, 2023
Via @@keegan_tweets here’s air traffic control audio instructing the Delta aircraft to reject takeoff. When given instructions on coming back around to try again, the Delta pilot lets ATC know they’re first going to need to assess their brakes after coming to an abrupt halt.
Not only was this Delta flight cancelled, so too was the subsequent Salt Lake City – New York JFK redeye that was scheduled to operate with the same aircraft.
This follows several incidents, such as the near collision of a Southwest 737 and FedEx plane as the two prepared to takeoff and land from the same runway at the same time and the American Airlines Boeing 777 that crossed in front of a Delta 737 that was taking off. Both were near misses. Our air traffic control system for averting such disasters is broken and when pressed most stakeholders push their own agendas rather than advocating for real review and reform of a broken FAA Air Traffic Organization.
Update: An FAA spokesperson responds,
An air traffic controller cancelled the takeoff clearance for Delta Air Lines Flight 1482 after a Learjet landed at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and made a wrong turn onto a taxiway. The Learjet never crossed the hold short line. The controller cancelled the takeoff clearance for the Delta Airbus A321 out of an abundance of caution. This incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. local time on March 31.