Landing plane skids off runway, halting flights at New York's JFK

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 12:13am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 12:13am


A plane from Toronto slid into snow as it turned onto a taxiway after landing at John F Kennedy International Airport, temporarily halting flights at the airport and causing residual delays.

"It could have been worse, a much worse scenario," Jordan Houlton said after he emerged from Delta Connection 4100 along with 34 other passengers and crew members about 90 minutes after the slippery diversion of the aircraft on Sunday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said there was no immediate report of injuries after the plane landed safely at 8am, only to lose its footing and slide into snow as it turned from the runway onto a taxiway.

The plane was then towed to a gate with passengers on board, she said.

Houlton, a 27-year-old teacher in Mexico, said he managed to sleep through the slide and didn't learn until later that the plane had skidded off course. "I was sleeping. I woke up and it was 9.30," Houlton said. "A police officer came on to make sure everyone was OK. Luckily, everyone was OK. It was kind of wild. I still can't believe it."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said operations for domestic and international flights were suspended for about two hours because of slick runways, leaving passengers at crowded gates.

Flights resumed after 10am on two of the airport's four runways.

The landing came two days after a storm dumped 15 centimetres of snow in New York City, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The incident involving the Delta Connection flight came a day after a small plane travelling to Connecticut after a tour of the Statue of Liberty made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx in New York. Neither the pilot nor his two passengers were seriously injured.