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News came out a few days ago about a JetBlue A321-200 plane that had tipped backwards while at a gate at JFK airport. It had arrived from Barbados late on Sunday night and tipped while in the gate area, with passengers still on board (!).  A bit more information has come out and while we don’t know with 100% certainty what happened, I think we can make some reasonable guesses

JetBlue Plane Tipped On Its Tail

The JetBlue plane was first captured on Twitter.

How It Happened

Later, it came out that passengers were still on board the aircraft when it tipped back (!).

According to the video above which purports to be from a passenger who was onboard, when just about half the plane had gotten off the plane, the plane abruptly tipped back. The passengers then were instructed to strategically move towards the middle of the plane, upon which the nose of the plane went back down (which I’m sure was also quite terrifying). Eventually the remaining passengers were able to exit the aircraft, 2 rows at a time. Gary from View from the Wing reports that one possible cause was weight and cargo balance – possibly too much of the cargo in the front of the aircraft was removed too soon?

The Bottom Line

A JetBlue plane inbound from Bridgetown Barbados to JFK had a weight and balance issue, where the plane tipped back on its tail, with the nose about 10 feet off the ground. About half of the passengers were still onboard, which I can only assume was quite the harrowing experience. Eventually they were able to get the plane back on all its wheels, and everyone was able to safely exit the aircraft.

What do you make of this JetBlue plane tipping back on its tail? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

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