March 5, 2015
New York’s LaGuardia Airport closed after Delta Airlines plane skids off runway during snowstorm
A McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft belonging to Delta Airlines and with 125 passengers on board skidded off the runway on landing at LaGuardia airport, New York, at approximately 11.10am EST this Thursday morning. Delta confirmed that flight number 1086 had landed on runway 13 during a snowstorm which had been in existence all morning, subsequently skidding off the end of the runway and coming to rest on a bank after breaking through a fence. The flight had arrived from Atlanta and there are no reports of any injuries. However recent updates have indicated the strong possibility of a fuel leak.
Passengers evacuated the aircraft on slides and were subsequently moved to the terminal on buses. “Customers deplaned via aircraft slides and have moved to the terminal on buses. Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe. Delta will work with all authorities and stakeholders to look into what happened in this incident,” Delta said in a statement.
A Federal Aviation Administration official confirmed that the crashed plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and the airport was closed immediately after the incident occurred. “Travelers with flights scheduled to arrive and depart from the airport should check with their carrier to determine the status of their flight,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stated in a press release. “The Port Authority will provide more information as it becomes available.”
In the meantime stock in Delta Airlines had fallen by 2% come midday, though this was unconnected to the accident which had not by then been reported.