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Airbus soars just ahead of snowplows

NEW YORK (AP) — A jet lifted off from a Kennedy Airport runway where five plows were clearing snow, and the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it is investigating.

The JetBlue Airbus 320, bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., cleared the runway nearly 1,000 feet ahead of the plows Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the incident is classified as a "runway incursion." The investigation could take several months.

Any penalties against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, could range from an administrative warning letter to a fine.

Citing the investigation, Port Authority spokesman Greg Trevor declined comment.

Last October in Taiwan, a Los Angeles-bound Singapore Airlines jet plowed into concrete blocks and construction equipment while attempting to take off from a runway that was under repair. That accident killed 83 people.