Turkish Airlines A340 slides off runway at JFK


Jun 13, 2005
NEW YORK - A Turkish Airlines flight skidded off a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday, but none of the 198 passengers were injured, a regional transportation spokesman said.

Turkish Airlines flight 1 skidded off the runway at 9:20 p.m. as it was landing, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The flight was arriving from someplace in Turkey, he said.

The airport had been closed earlier in the day as New York was hit by a record-breaking snowstorm, and the flight was one of only a few that had been running, Coleman said.

"Most airlines had canceled flights for the day," he said.

It was unclear whether the icy weather was responsible for the incident.

"I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's weather related until people have the chance to look at what happened," Coleman said.

Coleman said the plane's pilot would have been responsible for deciding whether or not to land the plane, and the airline would have made the call not to cancel the flight.

An investigation would begin into the skid, and no further information would likely be available until Monday morning, Coleman said.

A call to a New York number for Turkish Airlines was not immediately returned Sunday.