FAA to investigate incident at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

A plane was instructed to cross the runway when another plane was already using that runway to take off.

Federal officials are launching an investigation at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after one flight was ordered to cross a runway where another flight was already starting its takeoff. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it will conduct an investigation into the incident. 


The big picture: The incident occurred around 7:41 a.m. on Thursday, with a JetBlue flight beginning its takeoff roll on runway 4, while an air traffic controller instructed a Southwest Airlines flight to cross the same runway.

  • FlightAware data shows that Southwest Airlines Flight 2937, headed to Orlando, Florida, took off at 7:47 a.m., while JetBlue flight 1554, bound for Boston, aborted takeoff due to another aircraft trying to cross the runway. 
  • The JetBlue flight later departed for Boston at 1:48 p.m.

What they’re saying: Both airlines issued statements saying they are working with the FAA. 

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