by CNY Central

MATTYDALE, N.Y. — Crews responded shortly after 7 :30 a.m. Tuesday morning to reports of a plane that left the taxiway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

The Delta Air Lines Airbus A220-100 entered the grass area next to the taxiway, airport officials confirmed. It was a commercial flight with passengers on board, according to an airport spokesperson.

The plane was operating flight DAL1718 from Syracuse to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

Delta released a statement saying the following: “The nose gear of a Delta aircraft exited the paved surface of a taxiway. This was not an airplane skidding off a runway.”

There were no reported injuries, Delta said.

A coordinated response began around 8:15 a.m. to bring the 61 passengers and their luggage back to the terminal building, which was completed approximately 45 minutes later.

“Teams are working to safely reposition the aircraft. We will rebook customers to their final destinations as needed; we apologize to them for the delay in their travel plans,” Delta stated.

The mishap has had no impact on airport operations and the airport remains open and fully operational, an airport spokesperson said.

A Delta Air Lines aircraft recovery team specializing in responses of this nature is en route to SYR, with an expected arrival Tuesday evening, the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority reported.

Several flights into and out of Hancock Airport have been canceled due to a nor’easter causing hazardous travel conditions.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency Monday ahead of the storm, which produced multiple feet of snow in some parts of the state and created conditions with poor visibility.