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JFK water main break at Terminal 4 causes further flight delays

08 January 2018, 06:35 | Jan Cross

JFK water main break at Terminal 4 causes further flight delays

Workers sweep water from floor of the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International airport's terminal 4 in New York

Kuwait Airways tweeted in Arabic that their plane was made inoperable due to the crash.

JFK Airport is the busiest airport in the Northeast, and the fifth-busiest in the United States.

Both planes sustained damage but no passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were injured.

Extreme cold and ongoing recovery from Thursday's brutal winter storm that snarled air traffic to the airport "created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators over the weekend", the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which manages the airport, said in a statement earlier Sunday. "Customers may experience residual delays, particularly for global flights".

The airport was shut down following Thursday's blizzard and reopened on Friday morning.

One passenger described Saturday's incident as a "near riot" to the New York Daily News.

JFK was one the parts of NY that saw record lows for January 7, including four degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.5 degrees Celsius).

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The Port Authority told the Daily News that much of the chaos is affecting the worldwide terminal and Terminal 4.

When operations resumed on Friday, the backlog led to hundreds more delays or cancellations, crowding the terminals with stranded passengers. People are getting angry. "We're frustrated. We didn't get any sleep and we still don't know where our bags are".

Katherine Rosenbert and her granddaughter Rebecca, both of Paris, walk in Battery Park City, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in NY, after their return flight from JFK airport, scheduled for Friday, was canceled due to bad weather.

Litvin said he and his wife were leaving the airport eight hours after their flight landed - with only half their luggage.

'After 25 minutes we were informed it could be another 50 minutes it was actually another two hours plus'. "Our flight is operating and our teams are now moving our customers through the gate so they can board our aircraft".

American Airlines officially said that the plane, a Boeing 738, needed to land due to a "possible mechanical issue".

What was already a chaotic situation at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport just got worse.

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