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An airliner skidded off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport Thursday and slid to halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston. Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta careered off the runway, ploughed up an embankment and demolished a fence after its late afternoon landing. New York firefighters said 24 people suffered non life-threatening injuries, including three who were transported from the scene. It was the most dramatic incident on a day in which a huge winter storm forced thousands of flight cancellations, and disrupted life across a broad swath of the United States.