Passenger: Wing of plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway was 'pretty torn up' after landing

Associated Press

A passenger aboard a flight from Atlanta that skidded off a runway at LaGuardia amid driving snow says one wing of the plane got "pretty torn up."

Georgia marketing executive Malcolm Duckett was seated near the left wing of Flight 1086 on Thursday. He called the damage to that wing "brutal."

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Duckett says the landing was pretty hard and passengers initially thought the aircraft had hit water.

The plane's nose came close to the edge of an icy bay.

Duckett says passengers were told to exit over the right wing because the rear door was too close to the water.

He says firefighters helped him get down after he slid down the wing.

Duckett says it's his first time in New York. He says he's "grateful to be here."