A passenger plane has skidded off the runway of the LaGuardia airport in New York City. The airport is one of the most challenging ones to land at due to its nearness to three other airports in the city, BBC News reported.
The difficulty of the landing was further invigorated by the winter storm that has affected parts of the country. Emergency officials assisted in getting 127 passengers and five crew members off the plane just after 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT). No one was reported injured in the incident.
Schools, US government offices and businesses have been shut down in specified areas within the country owing to the heavy snow and freezing rain from Texas to New England.
The plane pushed through a fence and rested on the embankments.
“That runway had been ploughed literally minutes before, and other pilots had reported good braking action,” Patrick Foye, executive director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said.
Flights expected to land at the LaGuardia airport have been diverted to nearby airports, as it was closed down and is expected to open at 19:00 hours, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
The plane, a Delta 1086, was flying from Atlanta when it swerved to the left after touching the runway. No passengers was seriously injured, although two were rushed to a hospital.
In Kentucky, car drivers were forced to sleep in their vehicles after getting stuck in the snow on highways. Businesses and schools remained closed in the Northeast and the South. Federal government employees in Washington were asked to remain at home, except for the emergency staff.
More than 4000 flights have been cancelled.