NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - The world's largest passenger airplane was forced to land at a small upstate airport because of the runway closures at JFK Airport on Thursday.
Singapore Airlines Flight 26 was flying from Frankfurt, Germany. The Airbus A380 landed Thursday afternoon on a snowy runway at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.
The plane was initially diverted to Montreal but was later diverted to Stewart Airport. The plane landed at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, about two hours after it was scheduled to land at JFK Airport.
While the runway was long enough for the plane to land safely, the gates are not big enough for the plane. Passengers were forced to take a portable stairwell from the plane onto the tarmac during the snow storm and walk to the airport building.
Singapore Airlines provided ground transportation for its passengers.
The Airbus A380 can carry anywhere from 535 passengers to more than 850 people depending on its configuration.