PHOTO: Laguardia Airport in New York City. (photo via Flickr/Thomas Lillis IV)
An incoming flight became stuck in the snow at LaGuardia Airport as it was turning off the runway Saturday.
According to The Associated Press, the Republic Airline flight—operating under the Delta Air Lines banner and arriving from Chicago—landed safely at LaGuardia and was attempting to leave the runway when it became stuck in a snowdrift.
The Embraer 175 regional plane was stuck for about an hour while crews worked to remove it from the snow with the help of a tug. The snowdrift was part of a recent winter storm's aftermath, which coated the airport with around six inches of snow.
At the time of the incident, there were 73 passengers on board the flight, but no injuries were reported. The accident did not impact operations at the airport, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman.
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A Delta Air Lines spokesperson revealed that LaGuardia ground crews assisted in clearing the snow, and the airplane was able to taxi to the gate under its own power following its removal from the snowdrift.
The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a full investigation into the incident.