NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officials were investigating to find out exactly what happened late Thursday, after a Delta Airlines flight skidded and crashed through a fence as it landed at LaGuardia Airport.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, two industrial cranes late Thursday were tasked with the job of lifting the 140,000-pound jet plane, which remained precariously perched on the metal security fence where it touched down several hours earlier.
The plane was being moved away from the fence as of just before 11 p.m., CBS2’s Joe Biermann reported.
The accident happened just after 11 a.m. on Runway 13 as Delta Flight 1086 was coming in from Atlanta.
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.”