Plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway did not touch water

AP Photo/Amber ReidIn this photo provided by passenger Amber Reid

An official says a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway while landing in driving snow at LaGuardia Airport did not make contact with an icy bay but instead came to rest on an embankment next to the water.

The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said at a news conference Thursday that two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Patrick Foye says the airport runway was plowed and two other pilots reported good braking conditions minutes before the Delta plane landed.

Foye says the pilot did everything he could to slow the aircraft.

One of the airport's runways reopened at 2 p.m.

Foye says the airport was leaking a gallon a fuel a minute after the crash. The leak has since stopped.

Crash landingLaGuardia AirportNew York CityUS

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