The crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. ET and the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the airport's runways would be closed until 7 p.m. ET.
The plane was an MD-88 that took off from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It slipped across a snow-covered runway and eventually came to rest on an embankment that separates the airport from Flushing Bay. According to airport officials, there were 131 passengers and crew on the plane, and 24 of them suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Donnell later released a statement about the crash.
"I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today. I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries. We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely."
Fewer than three inches of snow had been reported by the time of the crash, according to NBC New York.
- Dan Gartland