An Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, carrying 325 passengers was forced to divert to a small New York airport around 1 p.m. ET on Thursday after heavy winter storms closed runways at its intended destination: John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Stuart International in New York is situated 80 miles north of JFK.
Passengers of the Singapore Airlines Flight 26 from Frankfurt, Germany, were leaving the plane only after 5 p.m. ET using outdoor stairs. The Giant plane, whose 262-foot wingspan is more than double that of a Boeing 737, was unusual for the airport. The airport’s gates aren’t high enough to reach the plane’s doors. Therefore, stairs were brought to the aircraft and passengers exited the plane into the outdoors.
Singapore Airlines was working to arrange ground transportation to New York for the passengers, a spokesman said.