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.
2015 built Jetblue Airbus A321-231 aircraft (N959JB) tipped on its tail while parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on 22 October. The aircraft had arrived from Bridgetown (BGI) via flight B6662.
— FL360aero (@fl360aero) October 23, 2023
How It Happened
Later, it came out that passengers were still on board the aircraft when it tipped back (!).
Tiktoker was on the JetBlue flight that tipped up at JFK pic.twitter.com/PJuexW7BVu
— Sam Ro 📈 (@SamRo) October 23, 2023
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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