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Thursday
Dec272012

Southwest Airlines Plane Veers Off New York Runway

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A plane veering off the runway might frazzle most pilots, but not the one flying Southwest Flight 4695.

On a recording obtained by LiveATC.net, the pilot calmly says to the control tower, “Tower, 4695, we just made your day very interesting, at least ours is going to be. We just taxied right off the taxiway and into the grass here. Right off Sierra and before Alpha. And we are gonna have to deplane the people and get something out here to tow the aircraft back on the pavement.”

The control tower is equally calm, telling the pilot he will dispatch fire and rescue.

The Tampa-bound Southwest flight veered off the taxiway and into the grass Long Island’s MacArthur Airport Thursday morning.

Passengers were forced to evacuate onto the runway. No injuries were reported.

It appears the plane took a misturn in the rain, left the taxiway and came to a stop in the mud. The plane appeared to be tilting to the side, ABC affiliate WABC reported. Some 134 passengers were on the 737.

According to the airline’s web site, flight 4695 was scheduled to depart at 6:15 a.m. and arrive in Tampa at 9:15 a.m. The web site has changed the departure time to 11:55 a.m. and has the flight listed as “boarding.”

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Dog Delays Flights at LaGuardia Airport

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A few flights were delayed Wednesday morning when Byrdie, a Rhodesian ridgeback, made a run for it on runway 3L at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The approximately 30-pound canine got loose while being loaded onto a Delta flight bound for Memphis at 10:20 a.m.

Authorities quickly escorted the owner onto the runway and the dog came running to her when it was called.

The pup was only on the tarmac for about 10 minutes, and two or three flights were briefly delayed.

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Thursday
Mar012012

Philadelphia Airport Closed After Police Chase on Runway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia International Airport was closed briefly Thursday after a drunken man drove his SUV through a fence and onto two runways, leading police on a high-speed chase, sparking a terrorism scare and forcing an air traffic controller to order a passenger plane to abort its landing, authorities said.

The suspect, Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, of Chadds Ford, Pa., has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, simple and aggravated assault, and several counts of reckless endangerment, defiant trespass and criminal mischief.

Witnesses say Mazik drove his Jeep Cherokee through an airport construction gate only a few yards from the runway at about 10 a.m. The man headed directly for the landing area just as U.S. Airways Flight 3137, a commuter jet, was about to land, they added. At the last minute, a controller ordered the pilot to pull up.

“We’ve got a rogue vehicle driving around on the airport,” one controller said, advising other aircraft of the incident and a likely delay. “We got to catch him. We’re not moving anybody until we find this guy.”

All runways were re-opened by 4 p.m.

Witnesses say it seemed as though Mazik attempted to time it so that the Jeep would meet the plane as it landed, according to a report from ABC affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Police say Mazik never made it to the runway; officers were able to stop him first.

“The ground radar kicked in; the tower was alerted immediately and they made sure to divert flights coming in and then quickly shut the airport down,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said, according to WPVI.

Mazik appeared to be intoxicated when he was finally apprehended, police said.

The incident has raised questions about security at the airport, but the facility’s deputy director, Keith Prune, said security was good.

“We do have security perimeter checks on a regular basis, multiple times, every shift throughout the entire day, so we’re fairly confident with our security,” Prune said.

Police checked the Jeep for explosives or other suspect material. The reported they did not find anything.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Southwest Airlines Plane Blows Two Tires During Takeoff

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Only hours after the aborted takeoff, a different Southwest plane -- this one heading to Ontario, Calif., hit a bird while taking off.  The plane turned around and landed back at the Sacramento Airport.  Flight 1166 was canceled and the passengers were booked on other flights.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A Southwest Airlines jet with 132 passengers on board was grounded Tuesday evening after two tires blew out upon takeoff from Sacramento airport. No one was injured.

Southwest Flight 2287 was bound for Seattle when its left main tires blew as the Boeing 737 jet raced down the runway for takeoff.

The five-member crew immediately aborted the takeoff, and frightened passengers knew something was wrong.

“I’ve been on a lot of planes…you don’t expect that to happen,” one passenger told ABC News.  “The plane was literally shaking back and forth.”

Initial reports were that the tires caught fire, but both the airline and airport officials say that did not happen.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Katie McDonald told local ABC News affiliate News10 that emergency crews were called in to hose down the plane, but just as a precautionary measure.

“There was no fire, there were no injuries,” Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower also confirmed to News10.

The 132 passengers on board were evacuated using a portable stairway, not an emergency slide.

“The passengers were safely evacuated from the plane using the stairs as they would on a routine flight,” Slothower said.

Southwest said the passengers were able to board a later flight to Seattle that landed safely around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident and have yet to determine a cause for the blowout.

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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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