Delta Jet Skids Off Runway in Houston

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

No one was hurt when an Atlanta-bound Delta jet carrying about 70 passengers ran off the runway Monday morning at Houston’s Hobby Airport.

According to KPRC, the plane was turning into the takeoff position when it turned short, running off the runway.

There is no word as to what caused the incident. One passenger claims the pilot blamed a faulty gear mechanism. Aerial photographs showed passengers deboarding the plane and getting onto shuttle busses.

According to airport spokeswoman Darian Ward the incident did not hold up any of the other air traffic arriving or departing. Flight 4302 was schedule to depart at 6:00 am Central time and arrive in Atlanta at 8:39 am Eastern.

Another Delta jet slid off the runway at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on February 19. There were no injuries among the passengers or crew of 125 people. The DC-9 aircraft’s front wheel made contact with the grass as it turned onto the taxiway at the end of the runway, and eventually the entire plane was in the grass.

Source: CBS Atlanta