Delta Flight Safely Evacuated After Taxiway Incident at Syracuse Airport

  • Delta Flight 1718 went off the taxiway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport
  • No injuries were reported, and all passengers were safely transferred back to the terminal
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On Tuesday morning, a Delta flight heading from Syracuse to LaGuardia airport in New York City experienced an incident as it “exited” one of the taxiways at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, according to a news release from Syracuse Regional Airport Authority. Despite the alarming news, there were no reported injuries for anyone onboard the flight, and all passengers were safely transferred back to the terminal while crews worked to get the plane back on the taxiway.

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will investigate the incident involving Delta Air Lines Flight 1718, operated on an Airbus A220. While the investigation is ongoing, representatives from Delta have said that they are rebooking all passengers who have opted for another flight to LaGuardia. However, it has also been reported that some passengers have decided not to fly on Tuesday at all.

The incident occurred amidst a winter storm warning in Syracuse, New York, with snow that “could be heavy at times,” according to the National Weather Service forecast for the area. While it is not yet clear whether the weather conditions played a role in the incident, it is not uncommon for airlines to make adjustments to their schedules and operations during winter storms.

Despite the incident, Hancock Airport officials have assured that the airport remains open and operational at this time, and airport operations have not been impacted.

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