Southwest flight skids off icy runway in Maryland
Raw video: Passenger records the aftermath of the incident where the plane slid off taxiway on The Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
A Southwest Airlines plane with 143 passengers slid off a taxiway at an airport in the neighborhood of Baltimore on Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.
The Southwest flight was preparing to take off for Montego Bay in Jamaica when the incident occurred, according to the south-West. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland, said passengers were transported from the outgoing aircraft shortly afterwards, but wrote that the airplane was “stopped on the roadway pavement.” BWI further stated that there were no reports of injuries.
#BWI staff have worked on the move of the passengers of an outbound aircraft that are no longer on the roadway pavement. There were no reports of injuries. #MDOTnews
— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) February 7, 2018
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The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the incident took place around 10 a.m. EST, and added that the agency is planning to investigate what caused the plane to slide “sideways” during the preparations to leave.
.@SouthwestAir 906 slid sideways on a taxiway while preparing for departure at @BWI_Airport today at 10 a.m. It remained on the roadway and will be towed to the gate. The passengers to be deplaned/bussed to the terminal. Contact the airline for information. FAA investigations.
— The FAA (@FAANews) February 7, 2018
According to social media posts from the passengers, the Jamaica-bound flight was taxiing to the runway, when he slipped away in the grass. A passenger in the plane also claimed that the pilot attributed the incident an “icy spot” on the roadway, but she was not convinced that was accurate.
Passenger Donna Edmonds says that the pilot in the first instance, the debt of an ice-cold place for the incident. Emergency workers quickly surrounded the plane.
“What was pilot thinking? The hit of the throttle to make the turn with only grass in front of him?!” wrote Instagram user Donna Edmonds.
Video made by Twitter user Lilith Christiansen further shows the passengers disembarking from the aircraft via a ladder, while emergency responders and airport personnel are in the area.
— Lilith Christiansen (@LilithVirginia) February 7, 2018
Workers were also said to be “everywhere” by the observer Todd Miller, who posted a photo of the plane on Facebook shortly before 11 a.m., In the, in the south West aircraft appeared to be slumped forward in the direction of the nose.
Both the FAA and BWI say that the plane will be pulled off the roadway and back to the gate, although WBAL reported that the plane was still sitting on the runway from 11:30 a.m. Other flights from BWI to continue to operate, the airport said via Twitter.
A representative for Southwest Airlines, echoed BWI is the statement that there are no injuries to report, adding that customers continue to their intended destination of Montego Bay on a different level.
“At approximately 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, February 7 at the front of the aircraft operating Southwest flight 906 from Baltimore Washington to Montego Bay International Airport, traveled to the edge, but not abandoned, the roadway for the departure,” a spokesperson for Southwest said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The 143 passengers and six crew members safely deplaned via airstairs and were bussed to the terminal of the airport. There are no injuries to report.
“The Customers aboard the flight will be accommodated on a different aircraft and are scheduled to arrive in Montego Bay about three hours behind schedule. As always, the safety and the support of our customers and employees remains our primary focus and we are trying to put them on their way as quickly as possible,” the statement read.
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This is the second time that a commercial plane slid off a runway or taxiway in the past few months. In January, a Pegasus Airlines flight slipped down a small cliff after landing on a Turkish airport.