Runway Slide Forces Passengers To Sit In Cabin For More Than 2 Hours

Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit suffered an awful two-fer after a muffed landing Sunday. After they survived the fright of sitting in the plane as it careened off the runway and into the grass, they were stuck in there for two and a half hours as crews towed the plane back to where it belonged.

CNN reports Delta isn’t sure what caused the problem and is investigating. Aboard were 153 passengers and six crew members. One passenger described the odd landing as like a “toboggan ride.”

The pilot was attempting a turn onto a taxiway when the tobogganing started. Let’s hope for the passengers’ sake that the current issue of SkyMall was an excellent read.

Delta flight slides off runway in Detroit [CNN]


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  1. Marlin says:

    Could have been worse, they could have got to Detroit 2 hours earlier

  2. rmorin says:

    Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit suffered an awful two-fer after a muffed landing Sunday.

    Even worse, they had to go to Detroit after.

  3. bender123 says:

    Once the slides are used, they need to have a very costly replacement. Some bean counter probably did the math and figured:

    Chance of being sued for injury of people using the slide+cost of slide replacement and plane out of service=cheaper to make them wait for two hours. This only cost them rescheduling a few passengers and some drink vouchers.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      I know the headline was ambiguous, but after reading the (fine) article, it looks like the plane skidded, or slid, off the runway, but the emergency slides did not deploy.

      • bender123 says:

        indeed…which is why they made the people wait on the plane. The airstrairs would not be stable on the grass and the only egress would be with emergency slides. The slides run about $30,000 a piece to replace and require about 1-2 hours for a proper install, meaning this could be a $100,000+ loss for the airline if they let the people off while the plane is in the grass.

        • Rachacha says:

          one advantage to Washington Dulles are the people movers that can drive up to a plane and allow passengers to deplane directly on to a mobile lounge where they can be driven to the terminal.

        • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

          Ah, got it. Good point.

  4. Marlin says:

  5. bendee says:

    Anyone else read it as “Runaway Slide…”

    • jvanbrecht says:

      Yes, that is exactly what I thought at first.

    • bubby1124 says:

      I did the same…I was thinking maybe they were in a remote log cabin or something and an actual sled went down the mountain and they were stuck with no way home.

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      Add me to the tally! I misread it three times in a row before figuring it out… Here I was, thinking, “but the slides didn’t deploy!” Morning reading fail.

  6. headhot says:

    In an emergency, anyone can legally pop the doors on an airplane (as long as your on the ground). You do not have to wait for directions from the crew, as in an emergency, the crew may not be able to give instructions.

    As far as I’m concerned airplane leaving the runway and sliding down a hill is an emergency. I would have popped those suckers open in a heart beat.

    • Marlin says:

      No you either sit there and burn to death or wait to be trampled on in the panic if no instructions are given. If you do anything else you will be arrested.

      sadly… not /s

  7. unpolloloco says:

    Risk of injury staying on plane
    Therefore, the plane was not evacuated.

    • unpolloloco says:

      apparently, the less than sign doesnt work….
      risk of injury of staying on the plan was less than that during evacuation.

  8. Dallas_shopper says:

    If that’s the worst thing that happens to them all year, they had a pretty good year.

  9. Gravitational Eddy says:

    Oh yeah, go on ahead and jump from the plane while waiting. Very dangerous place, Detroit is. Last time I flew out of there, there was a beheading that took place that morning. Unsuspecting ground crew walked into a prop.

    • levelone says:

      LOL, when you said beheading, at first I was thinking, damn, people are getting beheaded at the Detroit airport? Has Detroit really sunk so low? Beheading is intentional decapitation, like murder or execution.

  10. TalKeaton: Every Puzzle Has an Answer! says:

    Last time I was in Detroit, a runaway baggage truck hit our plane, rolled over the wing and caught fire. Not a huge fan of flying through Detroit anymore.

  11. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Why didn’t they evacuate the passengers before towing the plane? Seems unsafe, and extremely rude and insensitive.

    • unpolloloco says:

      Probably safer to tow. Evacuations tend to result in a few broken bones. What’s really the danger of being strapped into an airplane while it’s being towed?

    • hoi-polloi says:

      If my plane slid off the tarmac into the grass, there’s a potential that other planes could do the same. I’d rather wait it out on the plane, thanks.

      • Nobody can say "Teehee" with a straight face says:

        You would rather wait it out in the plane for hours with the risk that another gigantic plane could careen down and slam into you at any moment, instead of heading out the emergency chutes and clearing the area in a few minutes?

        You’re a strange one.

  12. shufflemoomin says:

    “After they survived the fright of sitting in the plane as it careened off the runway…” if this happened while turning off onto the taxiway, it happened at very low speed and there’s no right for the words “fright” or “careened” anywhere in this article. It happens now and again and is nothing more than an inconvenience. Tabloid level “journalism” here.

  13. CubeRat says:

    Well, in two hours you no longer have that crazy adrenalin rush, weeping, soul searching post crisis feeling, you are now bored and ready to do whatever you came to Detroit to do. Sorry.

    And, on the plus side, you’re no longer scared of roller coasters.

  14. Major Tom Coming Home says:

    If it wasn’t a mechanical problem, that pilot’s next job will be flying for Colgan. Of course the immediate response to any problem on an aircraft that doesn’t involve fire is to make the passengers sit and wait. How hard would it be for the airline or the airport to push some stairs up to the airplane and bring the pax to the terminal on a bus or some vans? Delta probably didn’t want to pay the extra $100 or whatever of overtime to have a ground crew take care of the pax off immediately.