Friday, February 10, 2012

Flight Delayed After Plane Goes Off Runway

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich—  Passengers trying to escape the snow for a warmer destination had a damper put on their travel plans when a plane bound for Orlando went off the runway Friday.

Slippery conditions on the runway may have led to the plane going off into the grass at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, in Grand Rapids, according to an airport spokesperson.

The incident happened around 2:00 p.m. The plane was an AirTran plane, which is operated by Southwest Airlines, taxiing for takeoff to Orlando when the front wheels went off the runway and got stuck in the grass and snow.

All 117 passenger and 5 crew members aboard the plane at the time were bussed back to the airport where they awaited a replacement plane. No one was injured in the incident.

Airline engineers are checking the plane over before it goes back into regular service.

The incident did not cause delays for other flights departing or arriving at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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