Source: JetBlue flight aborted takeoff at Logan
BOSTON -- 7NEWS has learned that a JetBlue flight recently had to abort its takeoff because of a close call at Logan Airport.
The FAA is investigating why two planes preparing to take off had to slam on the brakes at the last second. It's unclear how fast the JetBlue plane was going when it was forced to stop.
"Everyone wants to be safe flying, and you don't want to hear about things like this, that's for sure," said Lori Anderson, who is worried about the incident.
The FAA said a JetBlue plane was cleared for takeoff on Tuesday. Passengers on that plane told family members that they were picking up speed when there was a sudden stop. They said the pilot told them there was another plane that got in the way.
Officials said that the other plane was a twin-engine Cessna belonging to Cape Air. They said the small plane's nose crossed a stop line into the other plane's runway. Both planes stopped in time.
The FAA has issued the Cape Air pilot a citation, which alerts that pilot that they are investigating.
A Cape Air spokesperson said that they are also investigating, that they take the incident seriously, but it's too early to know what exactly happened.
In recent years, Cape Air flights have had problems ranging from collapsing nose gear to engine failure. Meanwhile, in 2008, a Cape Air flight crashed on Martha's Vineyard, killing the pilot, who was the only person on board.
JetBlue officials said they were also looking into the potential conflict.
Passengers just want some answers.
"Definitely hearing something where it's two planes were having an issue on the same runway is just, that's beyond me if you actually think about that," said Benjamin English, who is worried about the incident.
The FAA is crediting Logan Airport's air traffic controllers for spotting the potential trouble and quickly jumping into action.
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