Icy Conditions Send Delta MD-88 Aircraft Off the Runway

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 6, 2015
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Delta MD-88 aircraft like the one that skidded off the runway Thursday morning. Photo: Wikipedia

[Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Delta Air Lines flight 1086 lost hold of the runway Thursday morning during landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Following the crash, the 125 passengers and five crewmembers deplaned the MD-88 aircraft onto a broken wing and moved to the terminal on buses. The incident shut down LaGuardia until around 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

The plane, which was enroute from Atlanta’s Hartsfield airport, reportedly skidded on a layer of ice that formed on the runway during a snowstorm when temperatures plunged to well below freezing. According to Delta’s latest announcement, aircraft maintenance technicians, investigators and other Delta specialists are assisting with the investigation.

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