Delta flight skids off LaGuardia runway

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QUEENS, N.Y. (CNN) — A Delta airplane slid off a runway late Thursday morning at New York’s LaGuardia airport, its nose breaking through a fence before skidding to a halt.

Emergency vehicles could be seen around the MD-88 aircraft, which Delta said had 125 passengers and five crew members aboard.

Passengers used slides to get off the plane, then boarded buses that took them to LaGuardia’s Delta terminal, the airline said in a statement. New York’s fire department said everyone exited the aircraft within about 30 minutes of it landing.

Six people reported minor injuries, some of whom will be transported to area hospitals, the fire department said.

“Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe,” Delta said. “Delta will work with all authorities and stakeholders to look into what happened in this incident.”

LaGuardia airport shuts down

Delta Flight 1086 took off shortly after 9 a.m. from relatively balmy Atlanta, according to Delta’s website.

The conditions in their final stop were a different story: snow and freezing fog, according to the National Weather Service.

The MD-88 aircraft ended up touching down at 11:05 a.m.

Four minutes later, the entire airport was shut down. And it will remain that way until 7 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reports.

The incident also caused a fuel leak, though Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said that had been contained by 12:25 p.m.

Air travel nightmare

The incident makes an already nightmarish air travel situation on much of the East Coast even worse.

That’s because LaGuardia is far from the only airport experiencing major headaches because of the wintry weather. Both New York’s Kennedy Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, in northern New Jersey, were experiencing midday delays of more than three hours because of snow and ice, the FAA reported.

And none of those airports were even the most affected.

That title went to Dallas Fort-Worth, where more than 400 departing (and another 400 arriving) flights were canceled, according to the flight tracking website, FlightAware. LaGuardia, though, is on schedule to outpace that number by later Wednesday afternoon.

In all, FlightAware reported the cancellation of some 4,000 flights within, into and out of the United States.



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