The Shannon-bound flight returned to the ground just 15 minutes after taking off from the same airport, after it reported a number of technical problems.
The 757 turned back after the pilot reported hydraulic failure around 7:15 p.m., the Port Authority said.
The plane’s passengers were bused to a terminal by the Port Authority.
The flight was due to land at Shannon Airport at 6am (Irish time).
The jet’s rear brakes overheated during the faster than normal landing, causing a small fire in the landing gear compartment.
ABC News in New York has broadcast this recording of the pilot contacting Air Traffic Control.
‘I would like you to inform Kennedy that we have lost hydrolic fluid and it may be dumped on the runway we’re not sure.
Shortly before the plane landed, an announcement was made on the plane alerting passengers that fire crews would be on the tarmac when they arrived.
The pilots and crew’s actions were praised by one passenger.
“The landing was bumpy but not out of control”, said Dyer Wolf.
In a statement to RTÉ News, the company said that emergency services were on the scene as a precaution.
It is not clear when the next flight to Ireland will be for the passengers, but the airline company is accommodating them in a hotel for the night.