Plane slides off runway in big freeze

Last updated 06:13 06/01/2014

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A plane has skidded off a runway at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after landing and slid into snow.

No injuries were reported.

The Bombardier CRJ jet, coming from Toronto, landed at 8am EST (2am NZT) and was turning off the runway onto a taxiway when it slid in slippery conditions, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

An official at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that runs the airport, said 35 passengers were aboard the Delta Connection flight.

New York City was hit on Friday (Saturday NZT) by the first severe winter storm of 2014 and was still in the grip of sub-freezing weather overnight, when the incident occurred. Freezing rain is forecast for later in the day.

The airport was closed for about two hours, the FAA said. Flight operations resumed sometime after 10am EST (4am NZT). The FAA said it was investigating the incident.

The aircraft was flown by Endeavor Air.

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- Reuters

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