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All clear at JFK Airport after police surrounded airplane

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 21:44:04-04

A plane operated by JetBlue was surrounded by a large police presence Tuesday evening near New York's JFK Airport runway before it could take off for a scheduled flight to Los Angeles due to a reported radio equipment problem.

The flight was slated to takeoff from New York at 7:30 p.m., but the incident was not reported until after 8 p.m., according to Port Authority and FAA officials.

"JetBlue 1623, an Airbus A320, experienced a radio equipment problem while taxing for departure at John F. Kennedy International Airport tonight at 8 p.m. The crew requested to return to the ramp. The FAA will investigate," an FAA statement read. 

The all clear was given around 9:05 p.m. by the Port Authority. 

Flights continued to takeoff and land at the airport.