Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) flight DL 1086 from Atlanta to New York’s La Guardia Airport skidded off the runway this morning while attempting to land at LGA in winter weather conditions. The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (N909DL, msn 49540) with 127 passengers and five crew members was attempting to land on runway 13 at approximately 11:05 am. The aircraft veered off the runway to the left and came to a stop up on a berm with the nose penetrating the security fence (approximate position marked X below). The right wing appears to have sustained some damage although this is unconfirmed. There was a minor leak of fuel.
Map Above: FAA.
According the NYNJPA, two aircraft had just landed on the same runway before DL 1086 and reported “good braking action”.
Below Photos: New York Fire Department: The nose and underside of N909DL also sustained damage.
All passengers and crew members safely exited the aircraft from the over-the-wing exits. Two passengers have been transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
LaGuardia Airport was closed but has now reopened runway 4-22.
Delta issued this statement after the accident:
Delta employees, including volunteers of the Delta Care Team in and en route to New York, are assisting passengers of Delta flight 1086. Aircraft maintenance technicians, investigators and other Delta specialists also will arrive in New York shortly to assist with the investigation.
Delta Air Lines Flight 1086, a MD-88 en route from Atlanta to New York-LGA, exited Runway 13 during landing. The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. local time Thursday. There were 127 passengers and five crew members on board. Passengers deplaned and moved to the terminal on buses. Minor injuries have been reported.
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.
On March 6 Delta issued this update:
The aircraft (MD-88 N909DL) of Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 on March 5 has been moved to a hangar where investigators continue their work. Delta is fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board who is leading the investigation.
Delta is restricted from commenting on the investigation in order to ensure that this important work goes unimpeded.
Delta teams have worked through the night to begin returning belongings to customers. Road conditions are gradually improving in New York City which will speed up this effort. In the meantime, Delta has refunded each customer the full price of their airfare and remains in touch to assist customers with any other immediate needs.
Top Twitter photo by Sarah Wagner.