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Missouri Airport Deals with Cancellations After Plane Gets Stuck

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 12, 2015

Missouri Airport Deals with Cancellations After Plane Gets Stuck

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Airports today run as well-oiled machines, but one interruption in the service can cause major delays and cancellations. For the Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, a plane stuck in the mud caused major headaches.

According to Jessica Quick of, American Airlines Flight 3305 from Chicago landed in Columbia at 1:55 p.m. local time on Monday. When the plane was being taxied away from the runway, the aircraft’s landing gear left the paved surface and became stuck in mud.

While all passengers and crew members were able to leave the stranded plane without any injuries, the proximity of the aircraft to the main runway was close enough to warrant flight cancellations through Tuesday morning.

In the report from Quick, Columbia Airport was opened once again on Tuesday, with the first flight departing at 8:55 a.m. local time. Crews worked overnight to remove the plane from the mud and clear the runway for resumed activity.

Columbia Airport is a regional facility that only utilizes one carrier; American Airlines. The airline uses Columbia as a primary hub between Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

This is not the first time that a similar incident has taken place at Columbia Airport. On April 4, another aircraft got stuck in the mud off the runway following a landing, but no injuries were reported for passengers or crew members.

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