Southwest Flight Veers Off Runway After Landing; Eight Injured

A 90-minute Southwest Airlines flight went smoothly for 133 passengers, at least until the plane landed in Nashville Tuesday night, veering off the runway and injuring eight people. 

The Associated Press reports that Southwest flight 31, traveling from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville, went off the runway while taxiing toward an arrival gate around 5:20 p.m. (EST).

A spokesperson for Southwest said the 133 passengers and five crew members evacuated the plane safely and were bussed to the terminal.

Upon arriving at the airport, fire officials say seven people were transported to a hospital with minor injuries and one with chest pains.

While it’s unclear what caused the aircraft to veer off the runway and into the grass, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said the Agency is investigating.

Southwest Airlines plane landing in Nashville skids off runway, injuring 8 [The Associated Press]

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