World's Biggest Airliner Diverted From JFK to Small NYC Airport By Storm

World's Biggest Airliner Diverted From JFK to Small NYC Airport By Storm

World's Biggest Airliner Diverted From JFK to Small NYC Airport By Storm

The world's largest passenger plane, a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, was forced to land at Stewart International Airport on Thursday due to blizzard conditions.

Manoel Gerlach, one of the 325 passengers on the flight, told CNBC that passengers were able to depart the plane at 5 p.m. using the outdoor stairs.

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The sight of the giant plane, whose 262-foot wingspan is more than double that of a Boeing 737, was unusual for the airport, which is dwarfed by JFK in terms of passenger traffic. Ground transportation was then arranged for the affected passengers to NY.

Whiteout conditions due to the major nor'easter that swept the USA coast on December 4 caused travel complications in and out of JFK Airport, where hundreds of flights were canceled and the airport closed in mid-afternoon. American Airlines said the plane will be checked out.

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An American Airlines flight had just taken off at the Queens airport when someone on board said they saw the fire.


In January 1981, 52 Americans who had been held hostage in Iran returned back to the USA, landing at Stewart aboard an Air Force VC-137, a variation of a Boeing 707 jet. Port Authority police said there was a report of an engine fire.

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