Southwest Airlines Flight Gets Stuck in Grass at Richmond Airport
Despite making a smooth landing, passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight received an early morning scare on Monday when the plane ran off the taxiway and got stuck in the grass at Richmond International Airport.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, no one was injured when Flight 4536 slid into the grass on its way to the gate shortly after midnight ET.
The plane, which departed from Orlando on Sunday night, was carrying 131 passengers and five crew members.
Roughly an hour after the incident, passengers were assisted off of the plane and transported to the terminal.
Here's a look at the incident up close courtesy of WTVR 6 on Twitter.
"After making a routine landing, the aircraft veered off of the taxiway and into the grass, while slowly transitioning to the gate," said Southwest spokeswoman Emily Samuels in a statement via WTVR 6. "After approximately a one hour delay, the 131 customers and five crew members were deplaned via portable stairs and safely transported to the terminal."
"We are in the process of gathering additional details internally to better understand the facts surrounding the event," she added via the Times-Dispatch.
The plane was successfully removed from the grass around 11 a.m. ET on Monday, but not before Southwest ordered a replacement plane to the airport.
Because of the location where the plane was stuck, airport spokesman Troy Bell confirmed to the Times-Dispatch that the incident had no impact on other flight operations at Richmond International.
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