American Airlines Aircraft Returns to Gate After Hitting Sign at JFK

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 April 2019
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An AA Airbus A321T at JFK

An AA Airbus A321T at JFK

An American Airlines aircraft returned to the gate Wednesday night after hitting a sign during takeoff.

Flight 300 was taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport when it hit a sign that was adjacent to the runway.

The aircraft “struck an object upon departure,” the airline said. A spokesman for the airline said that the plane hit the sign because it was slightly off center during takeoff.

The aircraft, which left the gate at 8:25 p.m., took off at 8:40 p.m., after which it struck the sign. It did not abort the takeoff but returned to JFK less than 30 minutes later. Passengers were put onto another aircraft and continued without further delay.

A tweet by a passenger on Flight 300 showed visible damage to the left wing.

There were 101 passengers and eight crew members on board the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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