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Tuesday
Apr262011

Southwest Plane Slides Off Runway; No Injuries Reported

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Officials confirmed Tuesday that Southwest Airlines flight 1919 slid off a runway while landing at Chicago Midway. 

The Boeing 737-700 carrying 134 passengers and five crew members was en route from Denver and scheduled to land at Chicago Midway Airport. 

Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis told reporters the incident occurred at about 1:35 p.m. The plane finally came to a rest on a grassy area separating the airport property from the street, officials told the Chicago Tribune.

The airline says that "local officials report heavy rain in the area at the time the aircraft landed."

No injuries have been reported.  Passengers were deplaned with the help of air stairs before being bused to the airport terminal.

Southwest is investigating the incident and working with passengers to ensure they reach their final destinations.

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