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A Southwest Airlines plane skidded off a runway Friday afternoon at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA) as winter storm Harper slammed into the Mid-West with ice, snow and wind.
The airport said that Southwest flight 1643 slid off runway 14R after landing in Omaha. There were reportedly no injuries among the passengers on board the 737-800. “Airport fire crews are working with Southwest to deplane the passengers and take them to the terminal,” Eppley Airfield tweeted.
Closer look as passengers exit Southwest Airlines flight 1643 after the plane slid off the runway at Eppley Airfield in icy conditions.
More #omaha #newx info -> https://t.co/ZsTK9EHlLM#wx pic.twitter.com/KpuT6mz9e6
— World-Herald Photo (@OWHpictures) January 18, 2019
The flight touched down at 2:02pm, according to flight tracking site FlightRadar24. Southwest said the plane “safely slid” off the runway while it was taxiing.
Southwest Flight 1643 from LAS to OMA landed safely and slid onto a runway overrun area while taxiing. Customers deplaned the aircraft, with no reported injuries among the 150 Customers & six Crewmembers. Safety is our top priority, and we thank our Customers for their patience.
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) January 18, 2019
In another statement on Twitter just after 2:30pm on Friday, the airport said that “all flights are currently suspended.”
Eppley Airfield is currently CLOSED after Southwest Airlines flight 1643 exited the end of Runway 14R following a landing in Omaha. All flights are currently suspended. Please check with your individual airline for flight status.
— Eppley Airfield (@OMAairport) January 18, 2019
Passengers on board the flight said the airport arranged to have the plane towed to the terminal.
And……we’ve slid off the runway! ?
…leave it up to @SouthwestAir to keep things lighthearted and fun while we wait for the plane get to towed. #snow #omaha thx to the pilots and staff for keeping ya safe in this ice and snow mess! pic.twitter.com/BNGPdzKqaY
— Ali Schwanke (@alischwanke) January 18, 2019
Winter storm Harper began to descend on the Mid-West Friday morning. Omaha was forecast to receive freezing rain and light snow on Friday. Harper is predicted to strengthen as it moves to the East Coast into the weekend, with some parts of Maine forecast to receive more than three feet of snow.
US airlines have issued change fee waivers throughout the storm’s path, covering 74 airports throughout the Mid-West and East Coast.
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