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Delta flight slid off the runway in Pittsburgh. Here’s what happened to the passengers

About 80 passengers had to evacuate the Delta flight

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This June 9, 2019 photo shows a woman looking at a map of the Airside Terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa.

This June 9, 2019, photo shows a woman looking at a map of the Airside Terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa.

Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press

A Delta commercial flight with about 80 passengers slid off the runway Wednesday at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The airport said in a statement that there were no injuries.

  • Passengers were brought to the airside terminal after they were evacuated from the flight.
  • “At 6:29 p.m. Delta Air Lines flight number 2231 departing for Atlanta from PIT with 77 individuals on board, exited a taxiway prior to takeoff near Runway 10R.”
  • “A slide could not be used to get people off the plane due to the angle of the plane. Firefighters had to use ladders,” according to WPXI.

Delta also confirmed the incident in a statement to WPXI:

  • “While on taxi-out prior to departure, Delta flight 2231 from Pittsburgh to Atlanta exited the taxiway paved surface. Delta teams worked with the airport authority to safely transport customers back to the terminal. We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience and are working to reaccommodate them as quickly as possible.”

Per WPXI, crews are currently working on removing the plane from its location off the runway.

According to WPXI, heavy snow showers hit the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday. However, it’s unclear if weather caused the incident.

One passenger, Tanya Penniman, explained what happened during the incident, according to WSB-TV.

  • “We started to take some speed, and all of the sudden there is this rumbling, bumping this weird, like if you were slipping on gravel,” Penniman said. “And then it was like boom! We were done. It dropped.”