Southwest plane slides to edge of taxiway in Baltimore airport, FAA investigating

08 February, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • Officials with BWI airport confirm that a flight slid of the runway while it was attempting to take off Tuesday morning

A Southwest plane slid sideways on the taxi-way Wednesday while preparing for take-off at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Southwest Airlines officials responded to the incident at hand alongside members of the airport's operations team, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and the fire department, the Baltimore Sun reported. The flight did not depart BWI's taxiway and the aircraft was expected to be towed back to the gate thereafter, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

Skids or slides off runways and taxiways are the most common type of accident in commercial air travel, according to the International Air Transport Association, which represents most of the world's airlines.




"#BWI personnel have worked to move passengers from an outbound aircraft that stopped on taxiway pavement", Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport said in a tweet.

The National Weather Service reported light, freezing rain early Wednesday at the airport, but airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said airfield pavement temperatures were above freezing at the time, and that 75 flights had departed earlier in the day from the runway Flight 906 was using.

According to social media posts from passengers, the Jamaica-bound flight was taxiing to the runway when it skidded off into the grass. The passengers are being deplaned and bussed to the terminal. "The pilot then came on the intercom and said we hit ice", Edmonds told ABC News in a telephone interview.

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