Plane Aborts Takeoff Following Near Miss with Vehicle at LAX Airport
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A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to abort its takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday when an airport vehicle mistakenly turned onto the runway and nearly collided with the aircraft, ABC 7 reported.
Fortunately, the pilot was able to stop the plane and pull off the runway to avoid potential catastrophe, with the vehicle coming within 3,500 feet of the plane.
No injuries were reported.
The incident, which occurred shortly before noon local time Tuesday, involved a Delta connection flight carrying 78 passengers and a vehicle operated by an airport employee, LAX officials confirmed to ABC 7.
The employee, who had been authorized to drive on airport service roads but not runways, received a citation and had their airport driving privileges revoked.
The incident was likely caught on camera, but the Federal Aviation Administration has not released any footage, per ABC 7. The FAA is currently investigating the incident.
Thankfully, LAX's public relations director told ABC 7 that incidents like Tuesday's are extremely rare. That's in part to a system used by many large airports that tracks the movement of vehicles and aircraft and alerts the control tower in case of danger.
In this case, the impacted flight was delayed about an hour as a result of the mishap, later departing LAX without issue.
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