Passengers on board an American Airways flight from North Carolina to Chicago say they had been “holding their breath” when the plane began skidding on the runway shortly after landing.
The airline confirmed to International Information that at roughly 7:43 a.m. CT, American Eagle flight 4125, operated by Envoy Air, “slid off the runway due to icy conditions at Chicago O’Hare.”
Video captured on board by Joseph Lian shows the moment the flight begins to show to the left and skid onto the grass. Some individuals might be heard expressing shock earlier than the plane involves a cease.
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“I think we landed,” one individual might be heard stating in the plane.
CNN reports there was mild snow with lower than two kilometres of visibility, winds of about 48 kilometres an hour and a temperature of -5C, a part of a system shifting by way of the realm that led to quite a few flight cancellations by 1 p.m. ET at O’Hare.
American Airways advised International Information in an e mail that no accidents had been reported and all 38 passengers and crew had been deplaned and brought to the terminal.
Whereas secure, some passengers expressed frustration over the choice to nonetheless try a landing regardless of the climate situations.
“The conditions here were very bad. It was windy and it was icy,” Luis Torres Curet told CBS 2 Chicago after arriving in the terminal. “They should have known that … They attempted one landing. It failed, and they came back and attempted again, and we were lucky that we had a very competent pilot there that knew what to do.”
Passengers on board American Airways plane that skidded off runway describe incident
Fellow passenger Shaun Steele stated the ambiance in the plane was tense.
“I think everybody was just holding their breath because we didn’t know what was coming,” he stated. “A lot of people were bracing for it, grabbing the seats in front of us.”
At the least 900 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare on Monday, with one other 95 cancelled at halfway, whereas delays averaged simply over an hour and a half as of two:30 p.m.
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