Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 is seen after it slid off the runway upon landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport March 5, 2015. The Delta Air Lines jetliner landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest at the edge of Flushing Bay, but there were no serious injuries.
Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar
Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

NTSB: NY runway cleared of snow 20-25 minutes before Delta accident

In the investigation of a Delta Air Lines plane that skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on March 5, investigators say the runway had been cleared of snow 20 to 25 minutes before the accident.

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The National Transportation Safety Board in its third update on the probe said it has formed an investigative group to look at airport operations, focusing on LaGuardia’s snow-clearing plan and its snow-clearing operations on the day of the accident involving the Boeing MD-88 plane.

Four other planes had landed on the runway after it was cleared, including a different Delta MD-88 flight that landed three minutes prior to the accident.

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