Last updated: 02:55 PM ET, Wed September 14 2016

NTSB Finds Pilot At Fault for Plane Skidding Off Snowy Runway

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 14, 2016

NTSB Finds Pilot At Fault for Plane Skidding Off Snowy Runway

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed the findings of its investigation into a Delta Air Lines plane that skidded off a snowy runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York City last year.

According to The Associated Press, NTSB officials found that the Delta Air Lines plane skidded off the runway on March 5, 2015, due to the pilot of the flight using too much reverse thrust during landing, causing him to lose control of the aircraft’s direction.

Luckily, there were no injuries reported in the incident, but the NTSB said it was a very close call. The aircraft—a Boeing MD-88—slid off the snowy runway, smashed into a fence with its left wing and finally came to rest with its nose on an embankment just feet short of entering the rigid water of Flushing Bay.

The report from the NTSB places the blame for the incident on the pilot, who officials claim mishandled the landing. In addition, officials found that the flight crew was to blame for the improper evacuation of the plane following the landing.

Delta Air Lines responded to the findings of its investigation by saying in a statement that the airline “will use this NTSB guidance to further enhance the safety of our global operation.”


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