Entries in John F. Kennedy International Airport (6)


Space Shuttle Enterprise Damaged On Way to New Home

Wing of space shuttle Enterprise (left) scraping against piling. Image credit: Dennis Jenkins/ YORK) -- The wing of the space shuttle Enterprise was damaged on its journey from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.

The shuttle was en route to a New Jersey marina, its first destination on a two-part trip, when the tip of the wing scraped a piling in Jamaica Bay.

“While approaching the railroad bridge, a sudden microburst of wind, measured at 35 knots, caused the rub panel foam protective layer of the wingtip of the Enterprise to graze the protective wood piling bumpers in the water,” Luke Sacks, a spokesman for the Intrepid Museum, said in a statement. “The bridge was not involved. There was no damage to the bridge and light cosmetic damage to the protective layer.”

Though the accident put a damper on the Enterprise’s trip, Sacks says it will not slow down its progress.

“It will not have an impact on the timing for arrival or display at Intrepid — both are moving ahead as scheduled,” Sacks said.

After a brief stay at the New Jersey marina, the Enterprise will be transported up the Hudson River to its new home, where it will lifted by crane onto the Intrepid, a retired Navy aircraft carrier.

The Enterprise’s long journey began in April at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., where it was on display.  The Smithsonian is becoming the home of the shuttle Discovery, which flew 39 times in space from 1984 to 2011.  Enterprise, the first shuttle to be built, was used for landing tests in the late 1970s.

When the Enterprise left the Smithsonian, it was placed nose to nose with Discovery in what the Intrepid Museum described as a “historic moment” and an “emotional send off.”

The Enterprise then traveled to Kennedy Airport on the back of a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747. The airport is about 20 miles from the museum.

Despite the damage done to its wing, the Enterprise is expected to arrive at the Intrepid Museum later this month. It will be displayed to the public beginning in July.

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Hurricane Irene: NYC Airports, Subways to Reopen Monday Morning

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York City's subways, the veins that keep the city that never sleeps alive 24 hours a day, will start reopening Monday morning after fears of Hurricane Irene led anxious officials to shut them down.

Along with the subways, the city's LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports were also scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, officials said, though there were concerns about how many airport workers would be on the job without the subways running.

Irene was expected to wallop the city, which had led Mayor Mike Bloomberg to order 370,000 people to evacuate their homes and to close the subways and halt all buses 18 hours before the storm was expected to arrive.

As city officials breathed a sigh of relief Sunday that the storm did not bruise the Big Apple as badly as predicted, the mayor defended his decisions to err on the side of caution.

"The good news is the worst is over," he said.  "We dodged a bullet there."

In another bit of good news for the city, crime was much lower than usual Saturday night, with only 45 arrests, Bloomberg said.  On a typical Saturday night in August, there are 345 arrests, he said.

But the storm did not pass without making an impression on the city.  As the center of tropical storm Irene passed through, the East River breached its seawall and major highways around the nation's largest city shut down due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

Water flowed through the streets in lower Manhattan and work crews pumped out water from several flooded buildings.  One 31-story building on the corner of Fletcher and Front streets had 15 to 20 feet of water in its basement.  Engineers tried to pump out the water, fearing an explosion if they couldn't contain it.

Con Ed reported Sunday morning that 72,000 customers were without power in New York City, 25,000 of whom are in Queens.  And city officials estimated that there were more than 700 trees down, split, or uprooted throughout the five boroughs.

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All Clear after Bomb Squad Checks Suspicious Bag at JFK Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police evacuated a terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday as a bomb squad inspected a bag left inside an American Airlines business class lounge.

The contents of the bag were deemed harmless and the terminal was reopened shortly thereafter. Suspicion arose after a last-minute passenger left it behind and boarded a flight bound for San Francisco.

Police said they had no indication that the passenger evaded security.

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Man Gets Past Airport Security; Boards Flight with Fake ID and Pass

Creatas/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Transportation Security Administration is facing many questions Thursday after a Nigerian man was arrested for getting past security and onto a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with false documentation.

In a court document obtained by ABC News, an FBI agent who arrested Olajide Oluwaseun Noibe says he was able to board Virgin America Flight 415 to Los Angeles last Friday with a fake ID and stolen boarding pass.  The crew aboard the flight became suspicious they had a stowaway sitting in row three and turned Noibe over to authorities in Los Angeles, but for some reason he was released.

Noibe was then arrested on Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport when he tried to get on a Delta flight bound for Atlanta.  After searching his bags, FBI agents say they found 10 boarding passes -- all apparently stolen.

Noibe is due in court in Los Angeles Friday.

Following the incident, the TSA said, "Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at the checkpoint.  TSA’s review of this matter indicates that the passenger went through screening.  It is important to note that this passenger was subject to the same physical screening at the checkpoint as other passengers."

The agency added that it could not "comment further on the specifics of the case given the ongoing FBI investigation."

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Turtles Traffic Snarls Jet Traffic at JFK Airport

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey(NEW YORK) -- Slow and steady may win the race, but nearly 150 turtles inching their way across a runway at New York's Kennedy International Airport Wednesday reduced some flights to a crawl.

The Federal Aviation Administration said flight delays reached 30 minutes for some flights.

JetBlue acknowledged some delays with its flights because of the turtles and said, "We hope for faster animals next time."

The airline was quick to joke about the delays, tweeting that the creatures were diamondback terrapins, adding: "Though...there are rumors some of the turtles are of the ninja variety/subspecies."

According to ABC News New York affiliate WABC-TV, the turtles were trying to reach sand along the other side of Runway 4L, which juts out into the water. Workers from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey picked up the animals and moved them to the sand.

"Our staff and the USDA were out there helping to speed the turtles along to their destination which is to lay eggs on a sandy, beachy area on the other side of the runway," Port Authority spokesperson Ron Marisco told ABC News Radio.

According to Marisco, the turtles started crawling across the runway about two weeks ago.

There could be further delays because the turtles are expected to continue their egg laying trek throughout July.

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American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing In New York

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An American Airlines flight declared a mid-flight emergency and was forced to make an unscheduled landing after experiencing a loss in cabin pressure Sunday.

Flight 883, a Boeing 757 that originated from Boston's Logan International Airport and was scheduled to arrive in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was diverted to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it landed safely.

There is no word yet on what caused the decrease in cabin pressure or whether any injuries were sustained.

On Friday, another American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing when a number of passengers and crew reported feeling ill and four passengers later fainted.

The flight from Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., was on its way to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport when the captain -- after learning of the reported illnesses -- lowered the plane's oxygen masks as a precaution during the plane's emergency descent into Dayton, Ohio.

The airline was trying to determine whether a loss in cabin pressure was to blame.

Also on Friday, a Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing after the roof of the aircraft tore open in mid-air. Fatigue cracks were discovered near the point of the break. Southwest has grounded dozens of planes for inspection.

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