BREAKING: Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia
Photo by Kristina Grossmann via Twitter
UPDATE, 4 P.M. EST: -- Delta Air Lines issued a second statement this afternoon regarding Flight 1086 skidding off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York, confirming an earlier report of an issue with one of the plane's wings.
Gail Grimmett, Senior Vice President – New York, provided remarks during a news conference this afternoon at LGA with the Port Authority of New Yorkand New Jersey. Below are her remarks as prepared:
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) flight 1086 from Atlanta to New York-LaGuardia exited Runway 13 Thursday morning during landing.
- The flight was being operated using an MD-88 aircraft and our preliminary count indicates there were 132 including five crew members on board.
- Customers deplaned and were moved to the terminal on buses.
- We want to thank the New York and New Jersey Port Authority first responders who stepped up to help our customers and crew.
- There was a fuel leak from one of the wings, but we cannot confirm any further details about that at this time.
- Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe and we are working with all authorities to determine what happened here today.
- Delta is working to gather additional information and we will provide details as soon as they become available and we can confirm.
A Delta Airlines MD-80 plane skidded off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport at approximately 11 a.m. today, forcing the closure of the airport.
In a third statement, Delta said "The MD-88 involved in today's incident was delivered new to Delta in 1987. The aircraft last had a major maintenance overhaul in December 2010. These overhauls are performed every seven or eight years, depending on aircraft type. Its most recent maintenance service check was March 3, 2015. Delta has had approximately 230 cancellations today at New York-LGA as a result of winter weather and the closure of one runway. The airline is proactively assisting customers with their travel."
Delta issued this statemen in the morning, shortly after news of the accident broke:
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) flight 1086, an MD-88 from Atlanta to New York-LaGuardia, exited Runway 13 Thursday morning during landing. Customers deplaned and moved to the terminal on buses. Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe. Delta is working with all authorities to determine what happened. Delta is working to gather additional information and will provide details as soon as they become available and are confirmed. The most current information from Delta Air Lines will be found online at news.delta.com.
Users quickly took to social media to photograph the jet after it skidded and crashed into a fence. One of them was New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell.
The plane came to rest with its tail in the snow and its nose slightly elevated, just yards short of Flushing Bay.
Moments before the crash, there was this tweet:
Queens: LaGuardia Airport PAPD reporting a inbound Delta flight # 1086 with a broken wing and fuel leaking Emergency units staging.— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) March 5, 2015
The New York area has already been hit with two storms this week that have involved snow, freezing rain and sleet.
At this point, there do not appear to be any injuries.
U/D Queens: LGA 130 Passengers are being taken off No serious injuries 300 Gallons leaking from plane. pic.twitter.com/y1rUQ80BPH— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) March 5, 2015
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