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Plane skids off runway in snowy conditions

It is thought that none of the passengers on board the Delta Airlines flight was seriously hurt
It is thought that none of the passengers on board the Delta Airlines flight was seriously hurt

A passenger plane skidded off the end of a busy airport runway and hit a fence as it came in to land in snowy conditions.

It is thought that none of the passengers on board the Delta Airlines flight was seriously hurt in the incident at a freezing La Guardia airport in New York.

Video footage showed the MD-80 aircraft, which was carrying around 150 passengers, with its nose up against the fence and passengers leaving the stricken aircraft via an emergency exit by the aircraft's right-hand wing.

The passengers could be seen trudging through the snow away from the plane - flight 1086 - which had left Atlanta in Georgia just after 9am local time and arrived at La Guardia just after 11am.

Fire officers were on hand and one officer could be seen up a ladder supervising the evacuation.

La Guardia, where the temperature was around minus 3C (26F), was closed following the incident.

Delta said: "Flight 1086 ATL-LGA (Atlanta to La Guardia) exited runway 13 this morning during landing. Customers have deplaned. Our priority is ensuring customers and crew are safe."

It is thought that there were three minor injuries with one person suffering a neck injury and two with back injuries. The plane, which was reportedly leaking fuel, had a crew of five, with all the passengers being taken by bus to a nearby Delta terminal.

The incident came after airlines had cancelled more than 1,800 US flights scheduled for today after axing almost 1,700 yesterday as wintry conditions continued to grip the country.