Plane Skids Off Icy Runway at 3 a.m. After Being Diverted Twice
A United Airlines plane skidded off the runway in Green Bay, Wisconsin last week after landing in icy conditions.
Before landing in Green Bay, flight 878 to Minneapolis was first diverted to Madison, Wisconsin, where it landed for about 45 minutes, taking off again around 1:15 a.m. According to KARE-TV, the plane circled Minneapolis several times before finally being diverted to Green Bay.
Upon touch down in Green Bay at around 3 a.m., the plane began to skid due to ice. Tom Miller, director of Austin Straubel International Airport, confirmed in a statement that the plane stopped about 250 feet from the runway, and no one was injured.
Passenger Mike Henderson told KARE-TV that “you couldn't feel the brakes biting [the ground] at all. And then all of a sudden bumpety bump and we're now sitting off in the weeds at the end of the runway.”
United Airlines said in a statement that after arranging transportation for passengers from the aircraft to the terminal, it was providing hotel accommodations before getting passengers to their final destination.