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Mar 5, 2015

17:44:28 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: VI-20150305-47211-USA

Date / time: 05/03/2015 17:42:22 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of New York

Location: New York City [LaGuardia Airport]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Emergency crews responded Thursday to a Delta aircraft that skidded on a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport as the region was hit with another snow storm, reported. The airport announced that it was closed Thursday due to an "aircraft incident." Aaron Smith, a passenger in Row 13 told the station the left wing was sheared off of the plane. "Little shaken up," Smith said. "I don't think any of this is going to sink in until tomorrow." The MD-80 plane was traveling from Atlanta to New York. There were 125 passengers and five crew members on board the aircraft. Delta Air Lines said passengers have deplaned the aircraft on slides and have been taken to the terminal on buses. It said authorities are investigating the cause of the incident. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the plane went off the runway at around 11:10 a.m. The Fire Department of New York says no injuries have been reported. Photos showed the plane in the snow, with its nose appearing to have broken through a fence. Pentangelo said the plane is apparently leaking fuel. The MD-80 runway skid was the second this week at LaGuardia, where a Continental Airlines jet was forced to abort a takeoff in a snowstorm Monday night. The Continental jet skidded to a stop, its nose stuck on rocks at the edge of Flushing Bay, according to The New York Times. The 115 passenger onboard the plane were evacuated, the paper reported. Technician Mike Romps, with the New York City Emergency Medical Service, arrived shortly after the Continental jet veered off the runway, telling The Times that weather conditions were blizzardlike, with visibility "30 yards, tops."

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