Giants’ Larry Donnell Unharmed After Plane Skids Off Runway
New York Giants’ tight end Larry Donnell was in for the surprise of his life when his Delta airlines flight skidded off the runway and crashed into a barrier. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Wilkening, Donnell was on Flight 1086, which attempted to touch down at New York’s LaGuardia Airport during a hefty snowstorm: it skidded out and hit a security fence.
After the incident and during the plane’s evacuation, Donnell decided to upload a photo and a crazy video of the plane on Instagram.
A video posted by Larry Donnell (@beyond_greatnes) on
The FDNY released a statement claiming that 24 people went to the hospital, but none had serious injuries.
Laguardia Airport: 131 passengers/crew on plane. 24 non-life-threatening injuries, 3 of whom transported at this time pic.twitter.com/UlvDtcuHUF
— FDNY (@FDNY) March 5, 2015
After the accident, Donnell released a statement through the New York Giants’ public relations department: “I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today. I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries. We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely.”
Donnell emerged as the starting tight end last season — starting 12 of the 16 games. He is most famous for catching three touchdowns against Washington, but also struggled with four fumbles on the season. In the offseason, the Giants were able to hold onto Donnell for a 1-year $585,000 contract due to him being an exclusive-rights free agent.