Plane Reportedly Skids at BWI
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- BWI officials confirm reports of an incident as a plane was preparing for takeoff Wednesday morning.
Spokesman Jonathan Dean said as the aircraft was taxiing out for departure, it turned and stopped near the taxiway pavement edge.
Passengers took to social media to report the incident.
Video shows passengers walking from a Southwest Airlines flight to buses on the taxiway.
Officials say a Southwest Airlines Flight headed to Montego Bay skid off the taxiway with 149 people on board.
BWI Engineers joined investigators on the taxiway to examine the aircraft and the weather conditions at the time.
BWI Spokesman Jonathan Dean says there was no ice on the pavement.
"The airfield temps were well above freezing at the time of the incident there was no ice on the taxiway or runway in fact 75 flights had departed off that runway in the morning.”
As of this hour the cause of the mishap remains under investigation.
Dean conctinued, "I can’t confirm if the aircraft slid all I can say is it stopped by the taxiway edge."
Southwest Airlines released this statement:
At approximately 10:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, February 7, the front of the aircraft operating Southwest flight #906 from Baltimore Washington to Montego Bay International Airport traveled to the edge, but did not exit, the taxiway prior to departure.
The 143 passengers and six Crewmembers safely deplaned via airstairs and were bussed to the airport terminal.
The Customers onboard the flight will be accommodated on a different aircraft and are scheduled to arrive in Montego Bay approximately three hours behind schedule. As always, the safety and support of our Customers and Employees remains our primary focus and we are working to get them on their way as quickly as possible.
There are no injuries to report.
BWI Marshall Airport operations employees responded to the incident scene, along with the BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Southwest Airlines personnel.
Passengers were put on another flight.