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AA Pilot Argues with JFK Air Traffic Control

On May 4th, 2010, an American Airlines Boeing 767-200 approaching runway 22L at JFK opts to abort its approach due to high crosswind and low fuel which would make a go-around dangerous. A misunderstanding between the pilots declaring emergency and the air traffic controller is solved by the plane's crew in assertive fashion. This situation reminds me of the one Avianca 52 must have faced in 1990, also at JFK. Had Avianca's pilots been as assertive many lives might have been saved.

Last updated February 11, 2016
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