A passenger plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence during a botched landing Thursday at New York's LaGuardia Airport -- without causing any serious injuries -- according to local media reports. The accident occurred around 11 a.m. EST amid snowy conditions that hampered visibility and travel throughout the East Coast.
The plane involved in the runway incident was Delta Flight 1086 from Atlanta to New York, according to CBS New York. None of the MD-80 aircraft's passengers suffered major injury, and all were evacuated from the area, Port Authority officials said. The New York City Fire Department responded to the scene, Reuters reports. LaGuardia closed its runways after the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
"Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta to New York-LaGuardia exited runway 13 Thursday afternoon during landing. Customers deplaned via aircraft slides and have moved to the terminal on buses. Our priority is ensuring our customers and crew members are safe. Delta will work with all authorities and stakeholders to look into what happened in this incident," Delta Airlines said in a statement, according to ABC 7 in New York.
Witnesses took to social media Thursday to post photos and videos of the LaGuardia runway incident. Here is a roundup of these uploads.
— jay money (@jjay149) March 5, 2015
a plane just slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport... pic.twitter.com/LRoUHcWTsh
— Sarah Wagner (@swags201) March 5, 2015
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) March 5, 2015
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) March 5, 2015
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) March 5, 2015
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 5, 2015