Jet goes off tarmac: A jet messed up on a turn and went off the tarmac at a Houston airport.
A Delta Airlines jet went off the tarmac at the William P. Hobby Airport while it was returning to the gate, it was reported. There were no injuries.
Around 70 passengers were on board the aircraft, which was slated to depart the airport at 6 a.m. and land in Atlanta at 7:39 a.m., reported KHOU television.
Broadcasters showed footage of the plane partially sitting in the grass near the tarmac. It was flanked by a few rescue vehicles.
While the plane was taxing on the runway, the pilot reported communication problems and told the tower that he would return to the gate, reported MxFoxHouston.com. It appears that the plane messed up on a turn and ended up on the grass.
“The pilot reported a communication problem, returned to the gate but ended up taxiing on the grass, where the plan was stuck,” Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory told The Associated Press. Officials said that the problem did not affect other planes, but it closed down a runway at the airport.
The passengers were shuttled off from the plane to the airport. The plane stayed on the runway for a few hours before investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived, according to Fox.
“A lot of the stuff was not conveyed and explained what was going,” passenger Ashan Akhlaq told KHOU.
He added, “Everyone had questions. What’s going to happen with the connecting flights? But they didn’t answer. They said we’re going to go back to the terminal and they will handle everything for all of us.”
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