NTSB: Pilot Used Too Much Reverse Thrust When Plane Skidded Off LaGuardia Runway In 2015

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that a pilot used too much reverse thrust when a plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport last year.

On March 5, 2015, Delta Airlines Flight 1086 landed on Runway 13 during a snowstorm and veered off course, striking a perimeter fence and stopped with the plane’s nose on an embankment next to Flushing Bay.

The accident left six passengers with minor injuries.

The NTSB said Tuesday that the pilot lost control of the plane’s direction by using excessive reverse thrust.

Following the accident, the pilot on the flight told the NTSB that said the autobrake setting was at maximum, But the plane wasn’t slowing.

The flight crew said following the accident the spoilers did not deploy either, and the first officer on the flight had to do it manually. Experts have said the spoilers should have deployed right away when there was weight on the wheels.

The Air Line Pilots Association said Tuesday that it was disappointed with the findings, and said the accident was caused by “a combination of factors.”


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