A Delta plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Thursday in the middle of a snowstorm, crashing through a fence.
Port Authority officials and the New York Fire Department were at the scene immediately following the crash, and all passengers had been removed from the plane with several minor injuries reported according to the FDNY.
The Delta plane, Flight 1086 from Atlanta to LaGuardia, slid off the left side of the runway according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m., and it appears the plane crashed through a fence. All 125 passengers and five crew members on board were safely taken off of the MD-88 aircraft according to statement from Port Authority officials.
Flt1086 ATL-LGA exited Runway 13 this morning during landing. Customers have deplaned. Our priority is ensuring customers and crew are safe.
— Delta Air Lines News (@DeltaNewsroom) March 5, 2015
Footage of the Delta aircraft on the runway shows the nose of the plane stuck between a fence at the end of the runway and passengers filing off the plane. A fuel tank on the plane was reportedly ruptured, but the leak was quickly contained.
At the time of the incident, LaGuardia was reporting heavy snow with a visibility of a quarter of a mile, with temperatures falling through the upper 20s Fahrenheit. Runway 13 is 7,003 feet long and equipped with an Emergency Arresting System to prevent planes from sliding off the end of the runways and into water or out onto the roadway.
The embankment and fence appears to have prevented the plane from continuing on into Flushing Bay, which is located just off the end of the runway.
Prior to the incident, 256 flights were cancelled at LaGuardia and 34 flights were delayed. After the crash, the airport announced the closure of all runways until 7 p.m.
The Delta plane that skidded off the runway at #LaGuardia s/o to my father for the picture. pic.twitter.com/imLyy56GTf— john colendenski (@jcolendenski) March 5, 2015
We have all been evacuated. Everyone is safe. Thank you for your prayers. God is good.Giants' tight end Larry Donnell was apparently aboard the plane and was also sharing photos from the scene. At least once Delta passenger apparently had to be wheeled out of the terminal after the incident.
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) March 5, 2015
Man being wheeled out of #Delta term. after flight skidded off runway at #LGA. pic.twitter.com/Cf1De4Jwm3The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is working to determine the cause of the crash.
— Keith Feldman (@NBCproducer) March 5, 2015
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