Port Authority officials said a runway had been plowed shortly before a Delta flight skidded and crashed through a fence as it landed Thursday morning at LaGuardia Airport Thursday morning.
It happened just after 11 a.m. on Runway 13 as Delta Flight 1086 was coming in from Atlanta. The plane was landing at about 100 mph when it skidded out of control.
While it was snowing at the time, two other planes had landed safely in the snow earlier, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
Photos and video from the scene showed the MD88 aircraft sitting in the snow with its nose through a fence near the water. Passengers could be seen exiting the plane off the wing and trudging through the snow.
Another few feet, and the plane would have been in the chilly waters of Flushing Bay.
“The plane came down and it slid, and then it took a spin to the left, and we looked out the window, and we could see the wing was hitting a fence somewhere. And then it just was tumbly and the plane came to a stop,” said passenger Margaret Maney.
“It felt like a regular landing until it started sliding,” added passenger Naquithan Taylor. “I realized that it wasn’t going well when we hit a stop, and then I seen water kind of coming up and gasoline running from the wing.”.
“We thought that we were in the water, everybody thought it was in the water and then they opened the back door and all the snow and things fell out and then the firemen came around helping everybody,” another passenger said.