Plane Hit by De-Icing Vehicle at Denver Airport
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Airport safety is at the forefront of every traveler’s list of concerns, but passengers on a flight getting ready to depart from Denver International Airport Wednesday never made it off the tarmac before a de-icing vehicle struck the plane.
According to Jesse Paul of The Denver Post, a Delta Air Lines flight was scheduled to leave for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when it was hit by a de-icing vehicle while crews attempted to de-ice the plane.
There were no injuries. Paul also shared the news on Twitter:
The plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 with 158 passengers and six crew members on board at the time of the accident, according to The Denver Post. Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery told The Associated Press it was Delta Flight 1780 that was delayed.
The flight was originally scheduled to depart from Denver International Airport at 9 a.m. local time, but was dealing with the uncooperative weather and ice on the plane when the vehicle struck it at around 10:15 a.m. local time.
The aircraft was returned to the gate for a through mechanical inspection. In the meantime, the passengers were moved to a Boeing 757 before being flown to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Luckily for all the passengers onboard Delta Flight 1780 and the crew at Denver International Airport, there were no injuries and the situation was handled quickly.
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