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Flight crew tells investigators runway appeared ‘all white’ before LaGuardia skidding incident

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of FDNY

Flight crew from the Delta plane that skidded of a LaGuardia runway last week and struck a fence told investigators that the runway appeared “all white” just before landing and the plane did not seem to slow down properly.

The auto brakes were set to “max” but the pilots said they did not sense any “wheel brake deceleration” and the automatic spoilers, which are supposed to help slow down the plane, did not deploy properly, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday.

As a result, the captain was unable to prevent the plane from veering left and slamming into a fence on the edge of Flushing Bay.

According to the report, the plane veered off Runway 13 about 3,000 feet from the approach end of the runway. About 4,100 feet from the approach end of the runway, the plane’s left wing struck the airport’s perimeter fence, and then around 5,000 feet from the approach end of the runway, the aircraft came to rest with its nose on an embankment.

All 127 passengers and five crew members had to be evacuated from the plane following the Thursday morning accident involving Flight 1086 from Atlanta. Twenty-three people received minor injuries and five people were taken to the hospital, officials said.

The incident also significantly damaged the plane, including its left wing, nose gear, main electronics bay and underside of its fuselage from the front of the aircraft all the way to back to the left front passenger door, according to the report. Officials also reported a fuel leak from the jet that was quickly brought under control.

The report also revealed more about the plane, which has had 71,195.54 flight hours and 54,865 flight cycles since Delta took delivery of it in December 1987.

Its last major maintenance visit took place on September 22, which was part of the plane’s regularly scheduled maintenance program, and included tests of the auto brake, anti-skid and auto spoiler systems. The last overnight service check was completed on March 2.

At a press briefing following the crash, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye said the two planes that landed before Flight 1086 reported “good braking action,” and that the runway was plowed shortly ahead of the accident.

The report from the NTSB said that Flight 1086 based its decision to land on these reports of “good braking action” from air traffic control.

In the coming days, NTSB is planning on interviewing the flight crew of the Delta plane that landed three minutes prior on the same runway and examining its flight data recorder.

Following a preliminary reading of its flight data recorder, the NTSB will read out Flight 1086’s quick access data recorder on Tuesday and a meteorologist is examining weather conditions at the time of the accident.


Plane skids off runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/persian_persuasion


Updated 4:27 p.m.

As snow covered the area Thursday morning, a Delta plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence at LaGuardia Airport, coming to a stop just short of the water, officials said.

The incident involved Flight 1086 from Atlanta that landed in New York at about 11 a.m., according to the Port Authority.

As the aircraft was landing on Runway 13, it slid, veered left and slammed into a fence on the edge of Flushing Bay.

Photo courtesy of FDNY

Photo courtesy of FDNY

All 127 passengers and five crew members were safely taken off the plane, according to the Port Authority, and then reunited with their families or taken to their destinations. Two people were transported to the hospital, with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Officials also reported a fuel leak from the jet that was quickly brought under control.

One of the passengers on the plane included New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, who was unharmed in the crash and posted a video of the evacuation to his Instagram account.

“I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport today,” Donnell said in a statement released by the team. “I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries. We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely.”

LaGuardia was closed following the accident, with one runway reportedly re-opening by about 2 p.m.

At a press briefing Thursday afternoon Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye would not comment on the cause and said the National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to investigate. He did say two planes that landed before Flight 1086 reported “good braking action,” and that the runway was plowed shortly ahead of the accident.

When asked about the decision to close the airport, Foye said the call was up to the FAA.

and… LaGuardia shuts down. A photo posted by kristina (@kristinagrossmann) on


Passengers trying to get home were stranded at LaGuardia due to sudden delays and cancellations.

Katrina Pattalitan’s 2 p.m. flight was delayed until 8 a.m. Friday. The Jacksonville, Florida resident planned on spending the night at the airport instead of looking for a hotel.

“I wished they canceled it when we were still in the hotel, because we would have known what to do today instead of staying here at night,” she said.


Stranded passengers pass the time at the airport food court. (THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre)

Edith Kovacs and her son were trying to get home on a 3:30 p.m. flight to Toronto. But it had been pushed back to 10:30 a.m. Friday. The pair had no idea what to do with all their spare time and also decided to spend the night at LaGuardia.

“It’s nobody’s fault, it’s because of the weather,” Kovacs said. “Maybe they should have canceled flights earlier because [the plane accident] could have been worse.”


JFK Airport reopens after plane skids off icy runway

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

JFK Airport has reopened for arriving and departing flights after icy conditions reportedly caused a plane to skid off a runway early Sunday morning.

The airport suspended flights about 8:30 a.m. due to ice conditions on the runway and reopened about 10:30 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A Delta Connection 4100 plane slid into the snow, but there were no reported injuries, according to the New York Daily News.

Residual delays are expected.