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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23
DELTA AIRLINES FLIGHT DAL724 MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD88 AIRCRAFT WHILE EXITING RUNWAY, SLID OFF THE RUNWAY SURFACE INTO THE MUD, NO INJURIES, ALL PERSONS ON BOARD EXITED VIA AIRCRAFT STAIRS, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT UNKNOWN, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model: MD88
Event Type: Incident
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Aircraft Operator: DAL-Delta Air Lines
Flight Number: DAL724
The heavy snowfall today across the state of Michigan is also affecting air travel.
A Delta flight landing this morning at Detroit Metro Airport slid off a taxiway and into the grass, though one passenger who tweeted photos said "everyone's ok" and there are no reported injuries. Delta confirmed the incident this afternoon, saying none of the 65 passengers or five crew members were injured.
The flight, DL 724, departed from Buffalo at 10:05 a.m. and was scheduled for arrival at 11:27. Passengers exited the aircraft from its tail upon the rough landing.
"Delta Flight 724 ... landed and was turning from the runway onto the taxiway when it left the pavement, stopping in the snowy grass," Delta spokesman Anthony Black said in a statement. "The passengers were off-loaded and bused to the terminal about an hour late. All bags were recovered."
Detroit Metro Airport added in a statement: "Shortly before noon today, a Delta aircraft, inbound from Buffalo, NY, slid off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. There were no injuries. The Airport Authority and Delta Air Lines worked together to safely deplane the passengers and transport them to the terminal. Delta Air Lines is assisting any passengers impacted by the incident. The cause is under investigation.
"Despite the incident, operations are continuing at DTW. However, due to the weather conditions, travelers are reminded to check with their airline to confirm their flight status."
It was not immediately clear whether the heavy snowfall today contributed to the mishap, though the storm had forced airlines to ground more than 1,500 flights in the Great Lakes region.
Delta spokesman Black said the airline has launched an investigation to determine exactly what caused the plane to leave the pavement.
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