Plane runs off Richmond airport taxiway; no injuries

(Source: WRIC)

RICHMOND, VA (WRIC) — A plane with passengers on board ran off the tarmac at Richmond International Airport early Monday morning.

Southwest Flight number 4636 departed Orlando and arrived Monday morning in Richmond, officials with Southwest Airlines said in a statement released to 8News.11742817_793082154142501_861527865575869777_n

“After making a routine landing, the aircraft veered off of the taxiway and into the grass, while slowly transitioning to the gate,” Southwest’s statement continued.

An 8News viewer sent us pictures of the plane as it sat on the taxiway. In the photos, several assistance vehicles can be seen out there trying to help. Passengers say the plane was going fast down the tarmac before eventually running off the taxiway.

(Source: WRIC)
(Source: WRIC)

“Everything started shaking and the pilot was on the intercom talking to us and hung up real quick,” said passenger Gage Yesbeck.

Southwest says that after a one-hour delay, the 131 customers and five crew member aboard were deplaned and transported to the terminal.

No injuries have been reported.

We are in the process of gathering additional details internally to better understand the facts surrounding the event. As always, Southwest Airlines number one priority is the safety of our customers and employees,” the statement from Southwest says.

Air bags are being brought in to help move the plane off the grass. There are no delays because of this incident and Southwest has sent in a replacement plane.

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