Snow Covering Guide Device When Jet Slid Off Runway

CLEVELAND (AP) - A guidance device that helps pilots land wasn't working Sunday when a Delta commuter plane ran off the end of a runway at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Airport commissioner Fred Szabo says the device, which emits a signal that guides pilots to the runway, was covered with snow. He says federal investigators will determine if the problem with the device contributed to the rough landing in which no one was hurt.

Szabo says passengers reported that they couldn't see the runway as the plane approached, and control tower employees couldn't say were the jet touched down because it was snowing so hard. The plane landed on the airport's shortest runway while two longer runways were being cleared.