Plane Slides Off Taxiway at Spokane Airport; No Injuries

United Airlines

The Associated Press, January 06, 2016 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The airport in Spokane, Washington, has reopened after freezing rain caused a United Airlines 737 to slide off an icy taxiway. No injuries were reported.

Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says the slide happened about 6 a.m. Tuesday as the Denver-bound plane was moving on the taxiway. Officials say the front wheels of the plane slid off the taxiway.

Flight operations were closed for more than two hours at the airport.

The 166 passengers were off-loaded through a rear door of the aircraft.

Passenger Austin Ola told KXLY-TV that the plane started sliding and "just went off the road."


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