Flight skids off Chicago runway
A Southwest airlines flight skid off the runway at Chicago’s Midway Airport a few hours ago. This occurs as the whole of the US is witnessing the first major snowstorm of the season. About 8 inches of snow had already fallen over Chicago, and as the plane tried to land, it skidded off the runway, jumped the barrier and crashed into a car. A boy in the car was killed and other people are seriously injured. Read more about it here.
“The Boeing 737-700, with five crew members, came to a halt at Central Avenue and 55th Street after smashing through a fence on the airport’s northwest boundary.
Television images of the scene showed the plane’s nose gear collapsed and the front of the plane resting on the ground and covered in snow, as emergency and police crew blocked the area to attend to passengers. The exit doors could be seen open, but it was unclear how long it took to evacuate the passenger
Unlike an Air France plane that skidded off the runway in Toronto several months ago, the Southwest jet did not burst into flames.”
Whats really ironic and coincidental, is that exactly 33 years ago, to the day, a United Airlines Jet crashed on the same runway at the same airport, killing 45 people. How many times does a coincidence like that occur !