American Airlines Flight Skids Off Runway at North Carolina Airport
PHOTO: Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (Photo via Wikipedia)
Pilot error is being cited as the reason why an American Airlines flight veered off the runway as it was getting ready for takeoff Wednesday night.
According to Melanie Eversley of USA Today, American Airlines Flight 786 was preparing for its flight from North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, when the aircraft veered off the runway and left a 15-foot-long hole in the dirt.
American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello told USA Today there were no injuries.
The airline claims the Airbus 330-300 plane was getting into the proper takeoff position when the captain began making a U-turn to line the aircraft up with the runway. The plane jumped off the pavement and into the dirt, causing a massive hole alongside the runway.
Pilot error is likely the cause of the mishap, according to Coello.
After the plane came to a stop in the dirt, airport crews made their way to the scene to assess the damage to the aircraft and the runway area. Workers eventually cleared the plane for takeoff, and the passengers continued on their way around 30 minutes after the incident.
While the situation could have been much worse, USA Today is reporting that Flight 786 was only an hour off schedule and was scheduled to land Thursday morning.
This is not the first case of a plane skidding off a runway in recent months, either. In Missouri, two separate incidents took place just weeks apart in which an aircraft was getting ready for takeoff or being taxied to the takeoff area and became stuck in the grass next to the runway.
A similar incident also took place at Houston's George Bush Airport in April.
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