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April 3 A Delta Air Lines Inc flight
made an emergency landing at a New York airport on Wednesday
after a cockpit indicator signaled a hydraulic system problem,
and the aircraft later rolled into a grassy area, an airline
Flight 886, which was carrying 118 passengers and five crew
from an Atlanta airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport, was
diverted to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) because
it has longer runways, Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.
"It wasn't traveling fast when it happened," Scott said.
"They landed normally at JFK, but once they were taxiing to the
gate, the aircraft exited the taxi-way and ended up in the
There were no reports of injuries, and passengers were
disembarked and shuttled to a terminal, Scott said. The
twin-engine, single-aisle McDonnell Douglas MD-88 left at about
6:45 p.m. Eastern Time (22:45 GMT) and landed at JFK at about 9
p.m. Eastern Time.
A cockpit indicator signaled a problem with the hydraulic
system, which controls multiple systems, including the brakes,
as the roughly 147-ft (44.8-m) plane was descending into the New
York area, Scott said.
Delta maintenance crews, who towed the aircraft out of the
grass, were evaluating the plane to determine if there was a
mechanical failure, Scott said.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Clarence