Last updated: 11:30 AM ET, Wed January 06 2016

Plane Slides Off Taxiway in Wintry Conditions at Spokane Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 06, 2016

Plane Slides Off Taxiway in Wintry Conditions at Spokane Airport

On Tuesday, a United Airlines flight getting ready to depart for Denver slid off a taxiway at Spokane International Airport in Washington.

According to AnneClaire Stapleton and Greg Botelho of, United Airlines Flight 812 was supposed to depart from Spokane airport at around 5:30 a.m. local time when the plane slid off the taxiway and into the snow.

At the time of the incident, there were 175 people on board the United Airlines Boeing 737, but there were no injuries reported. After the accident, passengers were removed from the plane and taken by bus to the terminal.

Following the aircraft sliding off the runway, the airport was closed while officials evaluated the braking conditions and overall safety. The Spokane airport opened a few hours later once the facility passed a thorough inspection.

KREM2 reporter Molly Trotter shared an image on Twitter of the United Airlines plane stuck in the snow, reporting that crews had a difficult time removing it due to the icy conditions:

In the report, the National Weather Service stated that Spokane was dealing with “sub-freezing temperatures and mostly cloudy skies” when the incident took place.


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