LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said a Gulfstream G-III private jet was involved in an "operational event" at McCarran International Airport on Friday afternoon that caused a Delta Airlines 737 to abort a takeoff with 166 people aboard.
"It would not be termed a potential near-collision," the FAA's Lynn Lunsford wrote in an email to News 3. "It would be classified as an operational event. If you look at the two runways on a map, the Delta jet would have been airborne well before the intersection. The issue has more to do with internal FAA procedures that ensure a wide margin of safety."
Lunsford said the Delta plane aborted a takeoff on Runway 25-Right while the private jet was on final approach on 19-Right. A Gulfstream G-III can carry up to eight passengers depending on user specifications and travel close to the speed of sound. It is about 41 feet long.
Lunsford wrote that the FAA "routinely review events such as this to verify details. It's all part of our ongoing safety program. We don't assign error on this type of thing. We analyze the event for the purpose of learning safety lessons, should there be some."
The spokesman wrote that a preliminary review of radar data showed that safety standards were maintained. He said the takeoff clearance for the Delta flight was canceled as a precaution and the private jet landed on 19-Right.
Delta Flight 2483 was bound for Atlanta with 160 passengers and six crew members about had to stop its takeoff roll shortly before 3 p.m., according to Morgan Durrant, a Delta Airlines spokesman.
"I don't know the speed the plane was at, but the wheels locked up because of friction and two tires deflated," Durrant told News 3.
Durrant said the passengers and crew were taken by bus to the terminal, received food and drink and were put on a different plane and left about four hours late for Atlanta.