JFK: JetBlue A321 flips onto tail as passengers disembark

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A Airbus A321 of JetBlue Airwaysparked at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York on October 22, found himself unbalanced, in the middle of disembarking, his tail resting on the ground and his nose in the air.

Images and videos published on X, (formerly Twitter), show the plane while it is at a boarding gate, resting the tail down on the tarmac. JetBlue says the plane rolled backwards due to a weight change and D’balance as passengers got off their flight. No injuries were reported. Authorities say the plane was taken out of service for inspection.

“Safety is JetBlue’s first priority; we are looking into this incident and the aircraft has been taken out of service for inspection”Jetblue said in a statement. Footage shared on social media on X showed the plane sitting uncomfortably on its tail at a 25-degree angle with its front landing gear in the air.

At 44.5 meters long, the Airbus A321 is the longest model in the A320 family of aircraft, which may make the aircraft more vulnerable to rollover incidents like this if weight and weight rules centering are not correctly respected by the flight crew and ground personnel.


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