LaGuardia Airport Cleans Up After Plane Skids off Runway
New York’s LaGuardia Airport was the site of a harrowing mishap Thursday when a Delta Air Lines flight slid in the snowy and icy conditions through a fence and came to a stop just before entering the waters of Flushing Bay.
According to FoxNews.com, cranes worked to remove the crippled aircraft and finally had the runway cleared Friday morning. While the plane had been cleared from the area, the delays and cancellations associated with the accident were still being felt 24 hours later.
Since the accident, social media has been flooded with raw images of the aftermath.
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell was on the flight and shared an image of the plane after it crashed through the fence:
The best images surfaced thanks to the official Twitter account of New York Police Department Special Ops:
Executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Patrick Foye told Fox News that the runway had been plowed just minutes before the landing and that two other pilots reported acceptable conditions on previous touch downs.
According to FlightAware.com, 16 percent of all flights originating from LaGuardia have been cancelled and another 13 percent were delayed. Fox News is also reporting that one of the airport’s two runways was still closed Friday morning.
All 131 people on board the inbound flight from Atlanta were safely taken off the plane after the crash, with only five people hospital for further examination, according to Weather.com.
Those involved with the incident understood how lucky they were on this day, but the images shared by the NYPD and Donnell expose just how dangerous the situation was and how close it came to possibly being worse.
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