Planes Diverted When Water Pipe Breaks At NYC’s JFK Airport


NEW YORK – An afternoon water main break suspended incoming international flights, and exacerbated an already chaotic situation at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it’s launching an investigation into a water pipe break inside a terminal at Kennedy Airport that added to the delays at the airport, still coping from the aftermath of a snowstorm.

The Port Authority says a water pipe that feeds the terminal’s sprinkler system broke at about 2 p.m. Sunday, causing water to flood the terminal.

In a statement, Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the break “appeared to be weather-related” and called it “unacceptable.”

Power in the affected area of the terminal was temporarily shut off for safety reasons. The Port Authority said it was deploying additional staff and providing buses to assist travelers.

Head to JFK’s website for up-to-the minute information. 

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