Delta Flight 886 leaving Atlanta headed to LaGuardia had to make an emergency landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday night after a warning light in the cockpit indicated a possible problem with the plane’s hydraulic system.
Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane landed at around 9 p.m. but skidded off the taxiway and into a grassy area.
All 118 passengers on board the plane were helped off and bussed to the terminal, officials said. Passengers were taken to Terminal 2, where buses to LaGuardia were provided.
“It was a little scary,” passenger Bhatia Tasneem told NBC New York. “I have to admit, my heart started racing a little bit, and I was worried about what may or may not happen. You can’t help but have that question when something like this happens.”
Passenger Victor Chemptob told NBC that everything felt find until the very end, “when it felt like stopping short, someone slamming on the brakes.”
None of the 118 passengers and 5 crew members aboard the McDonnell Douglas MD 88 were injured.
Airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the plane was diverted to JFK because it has longer runways.
Investigators are working to find out what caused the hydraulic system to fail, officials said.
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