ALERT Delta jet aborts takeoff as plane crosses runway

n908de-delta-air-lines-mcdonnell-douglas-md-88_PlanespottersNet_094722The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a Miami-bound Delta Air Lines flight aborted takeoff Wednesday to avoid another aircraft at Atlanta’s airport, the FAA said. The departing plane had to execute a “high-speed slowdown,” according to the airline.

Flight 873 was cleared for departure at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as Delta flight 749 crossed the runway around 10:30 a.m. The aircraft were separated by a little more than a mile when the departing jet was instructed to abort takeoff by air traffic controllers, the FAA said.

Delta 873 returned to the gate, where its brakes were checked. It departed for Miami shortly before noon, the airline said.