Eppley Airfield Reopens After Plane Slides Off Runway

Eppley Airfield has reopened after a Southwest Airlines plane slid off the end of a slick runway around 2:00 Friday afternoon.

Flight 1643 from Las Vegas had 150 passengers and six crew members when it went off the end of Runway 14R.  "There are no injuries and airport fire crews are working with Southwest to deplane the passengers and take them to the terminal," Eppley officials said on Twitter shortly after the incident.

The airport was closed for more than two hours as crews worked to get the passengers to the terminal and the plane out of the grass.  Jeanette Taylor was one of the passengers on the plane.   "We kind of had a bumpy landing and once were starting to slow down the plane just kind of fishtailed and we ended up in the grass and it stopped."

Even though the airport is open people were encouraged to check with their airlines for the status of their flights.

(Photos: Jeanette Taylor)

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