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[OFFICIAL] Pilots reported ‘good braking action’ before LaGuardia plane incident

Pilots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport reported “good braking conditions” before Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 skidded off the runway, officials say, adding that the runway had been plowed shortly before.

“Shortly before the incident, at approximately 11:05, two planes landed and reported, quote, good braking action on the runways,” said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “This particular runway had been plowed shortly before the incident, and pilots on other planes reported good braking action.”

Foye praised the actions of the pilots involved in the accident. He did not comment on what may have caused Thursday’s accident because the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation.

“I think the pilot did everything he could to slow the aircraft down, and obviously the pilot and the co-pilot’s good efforts were reflected in the fact that there were only minor injuries,” Foye said at a press conference.

He added that Flight 1086 was approaching the airport from the northwest when it landed and skidded off the runway. “The runway is about 7,000 feet. Approximately 4,500 to 5000 feet down the runway, the aircraft veered to the left. It never made contact with the water,” he said.

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