Regional Briefs – April 17, 2019

Authorities Investigate American Airlines Flight at JFK Airport

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Wednesday it is investigating an April 10 American Airlines flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport that struck an object on takeoff and landed safely about 30 minutes later.

The NTSB said the American Airlines Airbus A321, operating as American Airlines flight 300, experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the left wingtip. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating, a spokesman said.

American Airlines said in a statement that it is “fully cooperating” in the NTSB investigation and said that the Los Angeles-bound flight returned to JFK “after the aircraft struck an object upon departure.”

The flight, which took off at 8:40 p.m. EDT, landed safely at JFK at 9:09 p.m. EDT and taxied to the gate. There were 102 passengers and eight crew members and no injuries were reported, the airline said.

Rutgers, Faculty Union Reach Tentative Deal to Avert Strike

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s flagship university has reached a tentative contract agreement with its faculty union, avoiding what would have been the first faculty strike in the school’s 253-year history.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT union, which represents nearly 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate employees at the school, called the agreement an “historic and unprecedented accomplishment.” Union members will have to approve the deal, but a ratification vote has not been scheduled.

Senate Minority Leader Kean To Seek Congressional Seat

CLARK, N.J. (AP) – State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. will challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski for his seat representing New Jersey in Congress.

Malinowski, who was a State Department official during the Obama administration, ousted five-term Republican incumbent Leonard Lance last year.

Kean has served in the state Senate since 2003 and has been the minority leader since 2008.