Flight Skids Off Runway in Wisconsin After Bad Weather Forces Two Delays

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
February 23, 2018USshare
Flight Skids Off Runway in Wisconsin After Bad Weather Forces Two Delays
A United Airlines passenger plane lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. on Sept. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

A flight from Texas to Minnesota skidded off the runway when trying to land on Friday, Feb. 23.

The United Airlines flight, 878, was slated to land in Minneapolis but was diverted twice to different locations in Wisconsin.

The flight originally left Houston around 9:09 p.m. and was first diverted to Madison.

The flight took off again from Madison to Minneapolis but a second diversion left it landing in Green Bay.

During the second diverted landing, the plane skidded off the runway.

Video taken from inside the plane by passenger Mike Henderson shows passengers looking concerned.

The footage then cuts to the outside, where airport officials quickly responded to the incident.

Passenger Tom DeSimio told CBS that the pilot hit the brakes in full reverse after the plane landed, and the ride got really bumpy.

DeSimio said that the passengers were escorted off about 45 minutes after landing. The plane had skidded around 125 feet off of the runway.

“You couldn’t feel the brakes biting at all, and then suddenly bumpity bump, we’re sitting in the weeds at the end of the runway,” one passenger told NBC26.

United said that there were 180 passengers and seven crew members on board.

“Severe weather caused UA878, operating from Houston to Minneapolis, to divert to Madison, WI. The flight took off from Madison; however, severe weather again caused a diversion to Green Bay, WI where it left the runway,” United said in a statement obtained by KHOU.

“There were no injuries and we have arranged transport for passengers from the aircraft to the airport terminal. We apologize to our customers and have provided hotel accommodations.”

Passenger Carly Zierden said that officials gave people the choice of taking a bus into Minneapolis or taking a flight later in the day, reported WBAY.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.


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