American A321 at New York on Apr 10th 2019, wingtip strike and collision with runway sign during departure

Last Update: May 12, 2021 / 21:47:45 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 10, 2019


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N114NN performing flight AA-300 from New York JFK,NY to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 101 passengers and 8 crew, departed JFK's runway 31L when the aircraft veered left causing the left wing tip to collide with a runway sign. The aircraft climbed out, at FL200 the crew decided to stop the climb and return to JFK advising ATC that they had encountered a strong roll to the left during departure and wanted to return to JFK. The aircraft returned to JFK for a safe landing on runway 04L about 27 minutes after departure.

The leading edge near the left wing tip showed two large dents.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration N113AN departed JFK for Los Angeles with a delay of about 13 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in New York 13 hours after landing back.

The airport authority reported the aircraft was slightly off the center line causing the aircraft to hit a sign adjacent to the runway.

According to information The Aviation Herald received on Apr 12th 2019 ground tracks reveal the aircraft was dragging its left wing tip for quite some distance on the ground, the ground tracks even suggest the aircraft came close to ground loop. The aircraft and left wing tip became airborne just ahead of the runway sign, the left wing tip impacted the sign, parts of which became embedded in the left wing tip. The wing also sustained according damage to its underside near the wingtip.

In the afternoon the FAA reported: "AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 300 AIRBUS 321 STRUCK RUNWAY SIGN AND AIRPORT LIGHT". The FAA reported no injuries and unknown damage to the aircraft.

On Apr 17th 2019 the NTSB advised they have opened an investigation into the occurrence, six investigators have been assigned to the investigation.

On Apr 17th 2019 passenger Elizabeth Lucsko posted a reader comment to The Aviation Herald's coverage reading: "I was aboard this aircraft. The take off was fast, rather quick and felt short. Then we pitched down and banked right (left wing up) and then left (right wing up) and the back felt to skid out sideways, I was in the window seat just behind the left wing. Then it felt like the pilot pulled the aircraft up manually. He continued to make very strong left and right banks while in the air before we circled back to JFK. He made an announcement that we had a major computer failure, but that he had control of the airplane and that we'll be making an emergency landing. I watched the metal flap above the wind the whole 43 mins we were in the air. The flight attendants went to the exit rows and said "this is not a drill" can you open the emergency doors to the passengers. I want to hear the audio and see the faa report. If anyone knows how long or where to look for this information that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you." The Aviation Herald contacted the passenger confirming (and producing evidence) to have been passenger of the flight. Elizabeth added that she became aware of a "black piece of metal" at the top of the wing throughout the flight following the strong right and left roll, Elizabeth felt the aircraft had already been airborne with all gear at that point.

On May 12th 2021 the NTSB released a brief preliminary report stating:

On 10 April, 2019, about 2040 EDT, American Airlines flight 300, an Airbus A321, N114NN, experienced a left roll and the left wingtip struck the ground and a runway distance marker during takeoff from runway 31L at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), Queens, New York. The flight crew safely returned to the airfield approximately 30 minutes later. There were no injuries to the 110 passengers and crew onboard and the airplane. Post flight inspection indicated the airplane was substantially damaged.

The NTSB opened an investigation into the occurrence rated an accident, but did not travel onto the scene of the accident.

Related NOTAMs:
!JFK 04/160 JFK RWY 13R 9000FT DIST REMAINING SIGN MISSING 1904110725-1905250200
!JFK 04/158 JFK RWY 31L 5000FT DIST REMAINING SIGN MISSING 1904110513-1905250200

KJFK 110151Z 35015KT 10SM SCT250 09/M02 A3002 RMK AO2 SLP166 T00891022=
KJFK 110051Z 36017KT 10SM SCT250 10/M03 A2998 RMK AO2 SLP153 T01001028=
KJFK 102351Z 33015KT 10SM FEW070 FEW250 11/M03 A2996 RMK AO2 PK WND 34026/2257 SLP145 T01111028 10161 20111 53034=
KJFK 102251Z 34018G26KT 10SM FEW070 FEW250 13/M02 A2992 RMK AO2 PK WND 36026/2244 SLP133 T01281017=
KJFK 102151Z 31016G25KT 10SM FEW070 FEW250 14/M02 A2989 RMK AO2 PK WND 33027/2102 SLP120 T01441017=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 10, 2019


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator

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