Delta Air Lines Flight Forced to Return to JFK After Emergency Slide Falls Off

Delta flight forced to return to JFK after emergency slide falls off Boeing 767 mid-flight, raising safety concerns and prompting FAA investigation.

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Delta Air Lines Flight Forced to Return to JFK After Emergency Slide Falls Off

Delta Air Lines Flight Forced to Return to JFK After Emergency Slide Falls Off

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 flight from New York's JFK Airport to Los Angeles was forced to return to JFK on Friday morning after an emergency exit slide fell off the aircraft shortly after takeoff. The incident occurred on Delta flight 520, prompting an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The flight crew reported vibrations and a banging sound coming from near the right wing of the 33-year-old aircraft. They received an alert about a problem with the right wing emergency exit slide. Declaring an emergency, the pilots made the decision to turn the plane around and head back to JFK, where it landed safely on runway 22L.

Upon inspection after landing, it was found that the emergency slide had separated from the plane. "After landing, it was observed that the emergency slide had separated from the aircraft," Delta said in a statement. The airline is fully supporting retrieval efforts for the slide, which is believed to have landed in Jamaica Bay, and will cooperate with the FAA investigation.

The flight was carrying 176 passengers, two pilots, and five flight attendants. They were all switched to another aircraft to continue their journey to Los Angeles about three hours behind schedule. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Why this matters: The emergency slide falling off a commercial aircraft in flight raises serious safety concerns. The incident highlights the importance of proper maintenance and inspection of aircraft components to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

Delta stated that nothing is more important than the safety of their customers and employees. "The aircraft has been removed from service and will be evaluated by our maintenance crews. Delta appreciates the professionalism of the flight crew and the patience of the customers onboard flight 520," the airline said. The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft involved in the incident has been removed from service for a thorough evaluation.

Key Takeaways

  • Delta flight 520 from JFK to LA returned to JFK after emergency slide fell off.
  • Pilots received alert about right wing slide issue, declared emergency, landed safely.
  • Slide separated from 33-year-old Boeing 767 aircraft, believed to have landed in Jamaica Bay.
  • 176 passengers, 2 pilots, 5 flight attendants switched to another plane to continue to LA.
  • Incident raises safety concerns, highlights importance of aircraft component maintenance.