September 24, 2023

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it is investigating a “close conflict” between Learjet and JetBlue flights that took place Monday night at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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In a statement to FOX Business, the FAA, citing a preflight check, said “a Learjet 60 pilot took off without clearance while JetBlue Flight 206 was preparing to land on an intersecting runway.”

“The air traffic controller ordered the Learjet pilot to line up and wait on runway 9, while the JetBlue Embraer 190 landed on runway 4 on the right, which intersects runway 9,” the FAA said in a statement. “The Learjet pilot read the instructions clearly, but instead began a run.”

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The statement added that “the pilot of the JetBlue aircraft took evasive action and began climbing as the Learjet was crossing the intersection.”


Flight data shows that the JetBlue plane, which was flying from Nashville, Tennessee, eventually arrived at 7:13 pm local time.

A flight bound for Washington, D.C. was forced to divert after a passenger reportedly tried to break into the cockpit.

The FAA says the incident happened shortly before 7 p.m.

JetBlue Embraer 190 aircraft flying

JetBlue did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday from FOX Business.

“The FAA will determine the closest proximity between the two aircraft as part of the investigation,” the agency also said in a statement.

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