Passengers on a JetBlue flight were shocked when the plane popped a wheelie Sunday night after arriving at JFK Airport.
Shocking images shared online show the Airbus A321ceo tipped back — its nose reaching skyward and the tail planted on the ground.
Passengers were getting off Flight 662 from Bridgetown, Barbados, when the bizarre incident took place.
“Once at the gate, due to a shift in weight and balance during deplaning, the tail of the aircraft tipped backward causing the nose of the aircraft to lift up and eventually return back down,” JetBlue spokesman Derek Dombrowski told The Post.
“No injuries were reported. Safety is JetBlue’s first priority; we are reviewing this incident, and the aircraft has been taken out of service for inspection,” he added in an email.
The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. after the plane’s second flight of the day, according to data from Flightradar24.
A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told The Post that there were no disruptions to the airport operations as a result of the crazy mishap.
Pilots calculate weight and balance before every flight to determine the plane’s center of gravity and ensure the proper performance.
The position of the center of gravity is affected by the total weight of the passengers and other contents, as well as their distribution.
At times, passengers are asked to change seats to make sure the plane is properly balanced — but an aircraft tipping at the gate is very rare.
2015 built Jetblue Airbus A321-231 aircraft (N959JB) tipped on its tail while parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on 22 October. The aircraft had arrived from Bridgetown (BGI) via flight B6662.— FL360aero (@fl360aero) October 23, 2023
Last flight : https://t.co/3ID8MnZaPO#aircraft #airport #aviation pic.twitter.com/PlLZLlkgK6