Southwest Airlines Plane Nearly Skids Off Runway in Baltimore
Passengers were forced to leave their carry-on bags and exit the plane.
A Southwest Airlines plane went skidding off the airport runway while preparing for takeoff from a flight at Maryland's Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Wednesday morning.
Charlie Simmons, a passenger who was on the flight with his wife, told the Baltimore Sun that the plane skidded on the taxiway while taking a turn before taking off, eventually coming to rest with its nose so far off, it was hanging over the grass.
The Boeing 737 had been scheduled to depart at 9:15 a.m. to Jamaica's Montego Bay but was delayed for over an hour before eventually taking off and sliding for about 10 seconds before coming to rest, Simmons said.
All 43 passengers and six crew members on the plane were bussed to the airport terminal to board another flight arriving into Montego Bay three hours later than originally planned as the cause was investigated, Southwest Airlines' representatives said in a statement to Travel + Leisure.
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Jonathon Dean, a spokesman for the airport, told the Baltimore Sun that all of the surfaces in the airfield had been chemically treated to avoid any ice buildup or slippery conditions from precipitation.
While no one was injured, passengers had to leave their carry-on bags behind on the plane, leaving the airline to sort out which bag belongs to which traveler, Simmons told the Baltimore Sun.