Investigators blame American Airlines pilot for bad takeoff

pilot blamed for takeoff
Barcelona, Spain - August 21, 2018: American Airlines Boeing 777-200ER banking left after taking off from El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Spain.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say a mistake by the captain of an American Airlines flight caused the plane’s wing to clip the ground during takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2019.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the captain applied too much rudder power to offset a crosswind, causing the plane to veer to the left and nearly leave the runway.

No one was injured in the April 2019 incident.

American Airlines say it’s reviewing the NTSB report to see if any changes are needed in training. Both pilots are still working for American.

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