United Airlines Flight Slides Off Chicago Runway After Landing

Winter storms have wreaked havoc on post-holiday travel this week, canceling thousands of flights across the country. Perhaps hardest hit was Chicago, where nearly half the flights in and out of the city were canceled Monday. Issues continued at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday when a United Airlines flight slid off the runway.

ABC 7 reports that United flight 1977, which was arriving from Seattle, landed safely around 8 a.m. before suddenly sliding into nearby grass.

A passenger says that things were going smoothly on the landing when the two front wheels of the plane seemed to glide off the pavement.

Chicago fire officials say that no one was hurt in the incident and passengers had to sit on the plane for about an hour before emergency equipment was able to push the aircraft back onto the runway.

One passenger Tweeted that the wait on the plane was the result of the runway being too icy to move the plane from its spot on the grass.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration say they are investigating the incident.

While snow was falling at the airport this morning, it’s unclear if weather played a factor in the incident.

United Airlines Plane Slides Off Runway At O’Hare Airport [ABC 7]

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