Airbus A340 on Takeoff Brakes Hard After Runway Incursion
June 23, 2011 – As a Lufthansa Airbus A340 began its takeoff roll on Runway 22R at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday night (June 20), an Egypt Air Boeing 777 nearly blundered onto the runway. “Cancel takeoff! Cancel takeoff plans!” the tower controller blurts on the tower recording. The crew of Lufthansa Flight 411 responded that they were aborting the takeoff. Egypt Air 986 never entered the runway but did cross the “hold short” line and Lufthansa 411 had to brake hard to stop.
Egypt Air 986 was cleared to taxi by a JFK ground controller from the ramp via a left turn on Bravo taxiway to hold short of Delta taxiway. Based on analysis of the audio from the ground control recording, controllers can be heard in the background yelling something about “Hotel” which suggests Egypt Air 986 left the ramp on taxiway Hotel and crossed Bravo instead of turning left as instructed. Taxiway Bravo is the last parallel taxiway before Runway 22R.
No information has so far been released about how close Lufthansa 411 came to Egypt Air 986, but after the incident the tower did issue instructions to Lufthansa 411 to exit the runway at taxiway Golf, which is the next intersection north of Hotel. The Lufthansa jet can be heard talking about “hot brakes” and it was reported that both aircraft did continue on to their destinations after undergoing inspections.