United Airlines aircraft skids off runway at Bush Intercontinental airport

13 April 2015 (Last Updated April 13th, 2015 18:30)

A passenger aircraft slid off a runway while taxiing at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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A passenger aircraft slid off a runway while taxiing at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The United Airlines Boeing 737 which was flying from Las Vegas to Houston was carrying 167 passengers and six crew members, none of whom were injured. The incident took place at 5.30 am local time.

The rough landing of the plane resulted in it getting stuck in a muddy area near Lee Road just south of FM 1960.

The Houston Chronicle quoted federal aviation administration officials as saying that the plane's nose gear slipped from the pavement and got stuck in the grass.

Spokesperson for the Houston Airport System Bill Begley was quoted by the Houston Chronicle as saying that as the Boeing 737 attempted to turn off the runway onto a nearby taxiway, it turned too wide and some of the plane's wheels left the tarmac and got stuck in the grass along the runway.

The airport closed the runway after the mishap to clear the scene. However, no flights from the airport were delayed due to the incident.

Passengers were deplaned by using a stairway and were ferried from the plane to the terminal in shuttles.

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves the Greater Houston metropolitan area which is said to be the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the US.

With five terminals, the airport has scheduled flights to both domestic and international destinations.

In 2011, the airport had served 40,187,442 passengers, making it the tenth busiest for total passengers in North America.


Image: A United aircraft parked at Houston Intercontinental gate E7. Photo: courtesy of DearEdward.