Delta flight with 77 passengers slides off runway in Pittsburgh prior to takeoff

by Peter Heck · Feb 12th, 2021 10:20 am

Last Updated Feb 14th, 2021 at 11:15 am

A Delta Air Line plane with 77 people on board slid off the runway at Pittsburg International Airport on Wednesday. There were no reported injuries.

According to airport officials, as the plane prepared to depart at around 6:30 p.m. on its flight to Atlanta, it "exited a taxiway" and slid off near Runway 10R.

"While on taxi-out prior to departure, Delta flight 2231 from Pittsburgh to Atlanta exited the taxiway paved surface. Delta teams worked with the airport authority to safely transport customers back to the terminal. We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience and are working to reaccommodate them as quickly as possible."

Passengers reported being on the plane for about 3 hours as airport crews worked to find the best way to evacuate them. The way the plane was tilted and the less than ideal weather conditions made extraction somewhat difficult. Eventually, passengers exited using stairs and then were transported by bus back to the terminal.

A replacement plane was scheduled to take off for the flight to Atlanta at 12:30 a.m. the following morning.


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