United flight slides off Bismarck airport, no one injured
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck-bound United flight from Denver slid off an icy taxiway at the city’s airport on New Year’s Day but none of the two dozen passengers suffered injuries.
The mid-morning flight landed safely before sliding off the edge of the pavement onto snow when it was turning from the runway to taxi.
“I liken it to going around the corner (in a vehicle) the first part of winter when you’re not used to driving in icy conditions and bumping up onto the curb, onto the boulevard,” said Airport Director Greg Haug said. “It’s not like they went skidding across the front yard.”
The Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday that there had been freezing rain before the plane landed and airport crews went to the runway area with deicing chemicals.
“We do certain portions of the air field; we don’t do everything,” Haug said. “And I guess the pilot may have been going just a little too fast for the conditions.”
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.
The United flight passengers had to wait up to an hour for vehicles to bring them to the terminal.