Southwest Airlines jet slides on the roadway in Maryland

LINTHICUM, Md. – A Southwest Airlines jet slid off a taxiway while preparing to take off from Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

The incident happened shortly after 10 a.m. and involved Southwest Flight 906, Boeing 737 on the way to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Officials with the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft remained on the sidewalk.

The National Weather Service reported light, freezing rain early Wednesday at the airport, but a spokesperson of the airport, Jonathan Dean said airport pavement temperatures above freezing at the time, and that 75 flights had left earlier in the day of the runway Flight 906 was used.

“The paving of the condition of the surface was tested immediately after the incident,” Dean said in an e-mail. “The pavement condition tested within the FAA standards.”

Southwest officials say the 143 passengers and six crew members safely climbed the stairs and were bussed to the terminal of the airport.

The airline said that the passengers would be accommodated on another aircraft and were scheduled to arrive in Montego Bay about three hours behind schedule.

The incident is still under investigation.

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