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Plane Slips Off Runway at O’Hare Airport

Written by on November 6, 2013

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A plane slipped off the runway Wednesday morning at O’Hare  International Airport while taxiing to a terminal, a Chicago Department of  Aviation spokesman confirmed.

American Eagle flight 4332, arriving at O’Hare from New  Orleans, slid partially off the tarmac after landing in the rain, spokesman Greg  Cunningham said.

The nose gear was partially on the grass, Cunningham said,  and the rest of plane’s body was on shoulder pavement on Runway 27 left. The  plane was pulled out of the grass and mud around 10:30 a.m. and towed to the  hangar.

Airline spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said the plane landed  “normally and safely” at the Chicago airport. “While taxiing to the terminal at  O’Hare, the aircraft exited the taxiway and the nose gear of the plane ended up  in the grass.”

Passengers deplaned on the runway and were bussed to the  terminal. No injuries were reported, Cunningham said.

Panasonic Employee Bill Kinsley, who witnessed the incident,  was working on another plane when the slip occurred.

The pilot “got too close to the grass and his main wheel is  about halfway in the mud,” Kinsley said.

The runway was closed Wednesday morning, but Cunningham said  the closure likely won’t delay other flights. The NTSB was notified and the  plane will stay in place for an indefinite amount of time, Cunningham said.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com


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