Winter Storm Forces World’s Largest Passenger Jet to Divert to Small New York Airport

January 5, 2018 2:12 pm

The winter storm that plagued the East Coast forced the world’s largest passenger jet – an Airbus A380 – to divert to Stewart International, a small New York airport about 80 miles north of its intended destination: John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Singapore Airlines Flight 26, a 325-passenger jet flying fromFrankfurt, Germany, was an unusual sight at Stewart International when it landed there at around 1 p.m. on Thursday. Although at 11,800 feet, the runway was long enough to accommodate the A380, the airport’s gates were not high enough to reach the plane’s doors, CNBC reports. A passenger told the television channel that passengers had to exit the plane using outdoor stairs.

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