A Delta Air Lines jet that departed New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening for Paris, France, made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after turning around amid a system failure.
Delta Flight 20 was in the air for about an hour and a half before it experienced a hydraulic failure – a potentially critical error that can diminish an aircraft’s ability to fly.
Officials investigating the failure did not say how severe the hydraulic failure was, but it caused the Delta airplane to slam onto the runway at JFK and blow two tires.
Port Authority Police tweeted that the Delta plane “landed heavy … resulting in smoking, hot brakes causing two tires on each main gear to rupture.”
Delta Flight 20 departs Newark each evening at 6:28 and arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 7:47 a.m. The Boeing 767 plane had 205 passengers and staff aboard. There were no reported injuries.
“The flight landed without incident and Delta dispatched an alternate aircraft to continue the flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle,” Delta Airlines said in an emailed statement, according to NJ.com “The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority,” the airline added.
Delta arranged for a replacement airplane to arrive at JFK, but the flight did not depart until 3:13 a.m., more than seven hours after the emergency landing and about the time the original flight was supposed to land in Paris.