American Airlines Pilot Argues with Control Tower, Makes Emergency Landing at JFK
A few seconds later, one of the pilots responds, “American 2, we can’t land on 2-2. We’re breaking off approach, and if you don’t give us to, uhh, runway, uhh, 3-1-Right we’re going to declare an emergency.”
Tower: “Alright I will pass it along, fly runway heading for now.”
AA 2 heavy: “Okay, we’re declaring emergency, we’re gonna land 3-1-right. We’re going to the left and then coming around.”
Tower: “American 2 heavy, just fly runway heading.”
AA 2 heavy: “Clear the area.”
Tower: “You say you’re declaring emergency?”
AA 2 heavy: “Three times I’ve told you that. Three times we’re declaring an emergency.”
Tower: “Okay, I just want to verify, I know you said if you didn’t get 31-right you have to declare an emergency. Okay, understand, fly runway heading and I gotta get you a turn!”
Tower: “Fly heading 1-8-0″
AA 2 heavy: “American 2 heavy, we are turning around to the left here and landing on 3-1. Remove everybody from our way. We’ve declared an emergency. We’re on a visual.”
Tower: “Alright, American 2 heavy, cleared to land, 3-1-right, 3-1-0 2-4 gusting to 3-4.”
AA 2 heavy: “Cleared to land, runway 3-1-right, American 2 heavy.”
Reportedly beyond the crosswind limits of the 767-200 and too low on fuel to perform a new approach, the crew of the jet may have had no choice but to land immediately. JFK has been using its 4/22 runways during crosswind conditions more frequently since the March closure of runway 13R/31L for construction.
No word if the FAA or American Airlines is investigating the incident.
Audio clip thanks to our good friends at LiveATC.net.