ITA Airways’ hit-and-run on Air France aircraft at New York JFK airport


On 17 June, an ITA Airways (former Alitalia) Airbus A330-200 (registered EI-EJG) and an Air France Boeing 777 (registered F-GSPQ) allegedly clipped each other at New York’s JFK airport, United States. While the Air France Boeing 777 sustained damage, the ITA Airways pilots continued their AZ603 flight back to Rome, Italy. 

The Air France pilots reported to air traffic control that they sustained damage from the ITA Airways A330. After a long discussion with air traffic control, and only after take-off, air traffic control questioned the ITA Airways pilots about the Air France claim. The ITA Airways pilots replied that they sustained no damage and continued to Rome.

Air France cancelled flight AF8 back to Paris CDG and is awaiting repair.

The Italian Airbus A330 remained on the ground at Rome for about 46 hours.

Fighter jets scramble for ITA Airways Airbus A330 after brief loss of communication



  1. This is the second issue involving ITA where questionable Safety Practices are obviously not part of their business plan. Wasn’t it just last month when Pilots were determined to be sleeping inflight (no one at the controls) and fighter jets sent up to see WTH was going on. People complained about Alitalia but this rendition of the Italian Carrier appears to be a disaster in the making.

  2. JFK’s tower controller needs to be held accountable. The message was clear. People could have lost their lives because he could not be bothered to report a possible runway collision.

  3. Roger people complained about Alitalia because the company was a huge money eater from tax payers……and you know what? Ita is the same sh….t

  4. Does this mean the ITA crew knew nothing of the collision or did they chose to ignore it, based on a gut feeling the aircraft was airworthy. This needs a full NTSB investigation with some hard question being asked of ITA and the JFK-ATC.

  5. The French pilot was the only coherent professional in this massive cluster f*ck. I fly ITA from Rome to Sicily next week.


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