NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and sending passengers saddled with bags and bundled up in heavy coats and scarves sliding down an inflated chute to safety on the snowy pavement.
The Delta flight, carrying 125 passengers and five crew members, veered off the runaway at around 11:10 a.m., authorities said. Emergency responders are still assessing people, but any injuries appear to be minor, the Fire Department of New York said. A preliminary count found six people injured.
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Images show the plane resting in several inches of snow. One video appeared to show the right wing sheared off, but the wing appeared intact in other images.
Passengers trudged through the snow in an orderly line after climbing off the plane. Among those passengers was New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, ESPN reported.
Donnell was unharmed, according to the Giants, and was posting photos and videos of the incident on his Instagram page.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said the passengers are being bused to a terminal. It said the airline will work with authorities to figure out what caused the crash.
Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the plane is apparently leaking fuel.
Another Port Authority spokesman, Steve Coleman, said both the airport's runways are closed until further notice, which is standard procedure after such incidents. He said everyone on the plane has now disembarked.
Watch this video posted to Instagram from one of the plane's passengers (content warning — strong language):
The National Transportation Safety Board is headed to LaGuardia.
After the incident, all the runways were closed at the airport.
Here's more video from the Associated Press:
Front page image via Instagram.