‘Fake’ Larry Donnell (NY Giants player) calls MSNBC, fools anchor
(Deadspin) NEW YORK – Giants tight end Larry Donnell was on the plane that crashed into a fence in New York today. The guy who called into Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC show was not. Guess how the interview ended.
A Delta flight from Atlanta to New York skidded off the end of the runway at snowy LaGuardia airport this morning, coming to rest on a berm specifically put there to keep planes from splashing into Flushing Bay. A reported 130 people were board the MD-80, including Giants tight end Larry Donnell, who Instagrammed a photo and a video of the plane’s evacuation:
There were 131 people, including crew members, on the plane. Six people had non-life-threatening injuries, and at least two were taken to the hospital, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport.
Donnell was unharmed and was posting photos and videos of the incident on his Instagram page
“I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today,” Donnell said in a statement released by the team. “I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries. We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely.”
The airport was closed shortly thereafter to incoming flights because the plane was leaking fuel, said Joe Pentangelo, a Port Authority spokesman.
“If we wouldn’t have hit the snowbank, we’d be in the water right now,” Charles Runels, a passenger from Atlanta, told reporters
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigator to the scene to secure the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders and to document damage to the plane and other evidence, said spokeswoman Kelly Nantel.
Donnell was flying in from Atlanta to sign his 2015 contract tender. As an exclusive-rights free agent — a player who has fewer than three years of NFL service but whose contract has expired — Donnell is bound to his team for another year as long as it decides to tender him.
The Giants did so Wednesday, and Donnell will play 2015 on a one-year, $585,000 contract. He was third on the team with 63 receptions and 623 receiving yards and second on the team with six touchdown catches in 2014. He projects to be the Giants’ starting tight end again in 2015.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.