Flights cancelled after Delta aircraft skids off runway

Flights cancelled after Delta aircraft skids off runway

Almost 900 flights were cancelled and other diverted after a Delta Airlines aircraft skilled off the runway at LaGuardia airport in New York City during a severe winter storm.

None of the 127 passengers and five crew was seriously injured in the incident were occurred at about 11am local time yesterday.

Delta said only minor injuries had been reported.

One runway at airport was shut until 7pm local time last night while another re-opened at 2pm following the accident with all departing and incoming flights suspended.

The Delta MD-88 was attempting to land at LaGuardia after flying from Atlanta. It veered to the left shortly after making contact with the runway, but avoided crashing into nearby Flushing Bay.

The aircraft ended up resting on an embankment having pushed through a fence.

Delta said last night: “The MD-88 involved in today's incident was delivered new to Delta in 1987. The aircraft last had a major maintenance overhaul in December 2010.

“These overhauls are performed every seven or eight years, depending on aircraft type. Its most recent maintenance service check was March 3, 2015.

“Delta has had approximately 230 cancellations today at New York-LGA as a result of winter weather and the closure of one runway. The airline is proactively assisting customers with their travel.”

The airline added that aircraft maintenance technicians, investigators and other Delta specialists were being sent to New York to assist with an investigation into the incident.

Snow and freezing rain had been falling from Texas to New England forcing more than 4,000 flights to be cancelled.


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