Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta to LaGuardia Airport slid off the runway when landing, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official.
According to that official, the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft skidded during a Thursday morning snowstorm. New York’s LaGuardia Airport was closed immediately after the incident occurred. The FAA said the airport is expected to reopen at 6:59 p.m. EST.
“Travelers with flights scheduled to arrive and depart from the airport should check with their carrier to determine the status of their flight,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a release. “The Port Authority will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the plane went off the runway at around 11:10 a.m. WABC reported that the plane hit a fence, but Pentangelo said he could not confirm that.
Delta issued a statement following the incident confirming the flight number, and indicating the plane exited LaGuardia’s Runway 13 during its 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,” the company said in its statement.
The accident represents the first safety incident for Delta since Dec. 2013, according to the Aviation Safety Network, a database of worldwide aircraft accidents.