Plane Slides Off Runway in Missouri, Gets Stuck in Mud
Photo via YouTube
A passenger jet taking off from Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri slid off the runway Saturday and became stuck in the mud as it was getting ready to depart for Chicago.
According to Phil Helsel of NBCNews.com, American Eagle Flight 3624 was cancelled after the plane was preparing to make its way onto the takeoff runway at Columbia Airport and went into a grass patch that was saturated from recent rain.
The American Eagle flight—a regional carrier for American Airlines—was scheduled to take off from Columbia Airport 4:13 p.m. local time when the incident occurred. The plane was scheduled to fly to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, but the flight was canceled after crews were forced to remove all the passengers from the plane in order to free it from the mud.
Livemint.com writer Tarun Shukla was on board the plane and shared visuals of the plane in the mud and his thoughts on Twitter and a video on YouTube:
In a statement from American Airlines to NBCNews.com, the company reported that all 31 passengers and four crew members were removed from the plane and would be put on different flights.
The report claims the plane was a Bombardier CRJ 700.
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