Plane Skids Off Runway At New York’s LaGuardia; 6 Injured

March 5, 2015

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

A Delta flight carrying 130 passengers and crew skidded off a snow-covered runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, slamming through a fence on the side of the tarmac. An officials says six people were hurt.

Initially authorities reported no injuries from the accident. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said later that six people had been injured, but that none of the injuries were life threatening.

Flight 1086, an MD-80, was inbound from Atlanta. The incident, which occurred about 11:05 a.m. ET, prompted the airport to be closed for the day, according to NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang.

“I felt for sure that we were going into that water. Thankfully, we did not,” a passenger who identified himself as Aaron Smith wrote on Twitter, according to Reuters.

Video from local television stations showed passengers exiting over the wing and the aircraft’s nose poked through a chain-link fence. Numerous emergency vehicles were also on scene. Photos that emerged later in the afternoon showed the plane, which appeared to be only a few feet from the East River.

Port Authority Executive Director, speaking at an afternoon news conference, said that it was too soon to say what caused the accident. He said “literally minutes before” the incident that pilots on other flights landing at LaGuardia reported “good braking action.”

The airport initially was expected to remain closed until 7 p.m. ET, but Pentangelo was quoted by Reuters as saying one runway would reopen at 2 p.m. ET.

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