No passengers were injured after an American Airline plane slid off the runway at Chicago O’Hare International Airport amid icy weather conditions.
USA TODAYA planeÂ slid off the runway on Monday morning at Chicago O’Hare International Airport amid hazardous weather conditions. No passengers were injured during the scare.”After landing, American Eagle flight 4125, operated by Envoy Air, slid off the runway due to icy conditions at Chicago Oâ€™Hare,” American Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Jantz told USA TODAY in a statement. “No injuries were reported. All 38 passengers and three crew members were deplaned from the aircraft and are now safely back in the terminal.â€Federal Aviation Administration spokespersonÂ Tony Molinaro confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY that “the aircraft’s right main landing gear collapsed.Â An FAA investigation into the incident is underway, Molinaro added.Â Twitter users circulated footage of the incident, which shows the plane skidding into theÂ median and its right wing tip scraping the snow-covered ground. Once it came to a stop,Â a woman can be heard saying, “I think we landed!”Â BREAKING: @AmericanAir Flight AA4125 from @flyfrompti to @fly2ohare slides off runway in Chicago this morning. Passengers tell me everyone is OK, deplaned and on buses to terminal. Video: Joseph Lian from Greensboro. @[email protected]#ABC11pic.twitter.com/rBwyqfVtiUâ€” Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) November 11, 2019Weather:Veterans Day beginning to look a lot like Christmas as record-breaking cold sweeps nationPassengers were removed from the plane, which came from Greensboro, North Carolina, and transported via bus to an airport gate, according to Karen Pride, the director of media relations for the Chicago Department of Aviation.Pride added thatÂ the incident “had a moderate impact in overall flight operations at the airport.”Another videoÂ shows a first responder speaking to passengers on the plane. In the clip, he tells them that ambulances are available for anyone who needs one and advises them not to take their belongings with them when leaving the plane and that their belongings will be brought to them.Â Photos alsoÂ showed what passengers saw as they disembarked.Passengersâ€™ view after deplaning American Eagle flight that slid off runway in Chicago this morning. @AmericanAir reporting no injuries. ðŸ“·: Steve Krasicky @[email protected]#ABC11pic.twitter.com/gfGjw116hbâ€” Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) November 11, 2019Passenger Shaun Steele told ABC7 Chicago that the plane was actually on its second landing attempt when the skid occurred:Â “The first one, we went back up after we noticed conditions were bad. We made a loop for about 20 minutes… As soon as we landed, we could start feeling something a little off there and we tried to do a little turn and that’s when we started going sideways.”FlightAware data confirms Flight 4125Â got as low as 625 feet before picking up altitude and climbing back up to 5,000 feetÂ as the plane circled back for another try.Â It spent nearly an hour and 15 minutes taxiing because of the skid.By 5:30 EST, the backlog of canceled flights in and out of O’Hare had increased to 1,075 and the delays numbered nearly 1,000, perÂ FlightAware.In very inclement weather with slick taxiways, the chances of a plane sliding off the paved surfaces increases, USA TODAY aviation expert John Cox said.”It can be safe to operate the aircraft based on previous reports but flight crewsÂ may still find that the taxiway is slicker than anticipated due to changing conditions,” he said. “Pilots taxi very carefully when conditions exist where sliding is possible.”He added: “Runway conditions can change quickly, requiring judgment and experience by the pilot to determine whether it is safe to proceed. This system has worked very well for many decades to ensure the safety of landing aircraft.”And while snowplows and de-icing equipment are helpful, they’re not silver bullets.”Ground crews do a wonderful job of clearing snow and ice from the surfaces, but there are limits to what they can do,” Cox said.Whoa: Could you pull a 92,500-pound plane? American Airlines employees do it for charityYikes: Flights resume after ‘threatening note’ found on plane at Atlanta airportAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2019/11/11/american-airlines-flight-slides-off-runway-amid-scary-chicago-weather/2561433001/