Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

by Ben Pena January 9, 2018, 1:51
Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy Airport and will "hold all responsible parties accountable".

Their frustration, which spilt over to social media, was echoed by politicians pressing for change at the airport and its operator, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which in a statement late on Sunday called the weekend's events "unacceptable" and said it will investigate.

Rick Cotton said Monday the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey will thoroughly investigate what went wrong and why during the past four days.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the agency, which oversees airport operations, would conduct a thorough investigation.

Power in the affected area of the terminal was temporarily shut off for safety reasons.

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The airport is now experiencing departure and arrival delays of more than two hours.

Global arrivals to Terminal 4 were suspended earlier, with passengers who were already arrived being taken to other terminals for processing.

Even before the water main break, the Port Authority issued a statement on Sunday on how the recovery from severe weather had disrupted the airport. Departures were not impacted. Maintenance crews were deployed to mop up the west end of the terminal, which saw about three inches of flooding, according to a Port Authority spokesman. Video shows streams cascading from a ceiling and people slogging through pools of water. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed or rerouted as authorities sought safe refuge for planes before, during and after the storm.

Kuwait Airways flight 118 was involved in a minor collision on the tarmac at New York City's John F Kennedy Airport on Saturday as it prepared to head back to Kuwait City just after midnight on Sunday.


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