An American Airlines plane slid off the taxiway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday night.
NBC 5 confirmed with Lynn Lunsford, of the Federal Aviation Administration, that the aircraft was “taxiing to Terminal C when the front nose gear slipped off the taxiway as the airplane turned a corner and became stuck in the grass.”
There were around 63 passengers and five crew members onboard Flight 296 which departed from San Antonio at 7:14 p.m. local time, according to FlightAware.
The plane I am on just slipped off the runway while driving to the gate. #firsttimeforeverything— David Dell (@DavidADell) February 24, 2015
One of our friends is on a plane in at DFW Airport that slid off the runway on landing. They are ok but shaken @wfaashelly— Braxton Bragg (@Searching4Indy) February 24, 2015
The airport authorities tweeted that the situation was under control and that the passengers were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal by bus.
@mawthelaw Your friend is okay, and crews are working to deplane all passengers as quickly as possible.— DFW Airport (@dfwairport) February 24, 2015
Around 1,119 flights were canceled and 346 others delayed on Monday at DFW, which is the fourth busiest airport in the country, registering the highest number of cancelations in the U.S. on both Sunday and Monday as a winter storm hit the region, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.
“DFW Airport runways remain open and roads throughout the airport are in good condition this evening following the winter storm system that brought freezing rain, ice and sleet to the Dallas/Fort Worth area earlier today,” airport officials said in a statement released on Monday afternoon, adding, “With the forecast calling for below freezing temperatures again tonight, DFW Airport is advising all customers to stay updated on the latest flight information through their airlines or through DFW.”