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Skywest Flight Slides off Runway at MSO

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MISSOULA -

A Skywest Airlines plane slides off the runway at Missoula International Airport after temperature changes create dangerously icy conditions across the Missoula valley.

Nobody was injured in the slide off, and Skywest officials said the plane wasn't damaged.

Airport officials said crews work 24 hours a day to make sure the runways are clear of snow and ice, but sometimes it's difficult to keep up.

Around 8:30 a.m., the pilot of Skywest flight 4600 to Salt Lake City was preparing for take off.

"He was taxiing out, just turning onto the runway, and as he did so, he just slid off the runway."

Airport Director Cris Jensen said employees also use brooms and snow plows to clear snow and ice from the runway, but today, it wasn't quite enough.

"We use a number of different approaches, obviously we sand and we use chemical de-icer as you call it."

"You could see where he was turning up the runway to go take off, and the plane didn't turn, it just slid straight across," said one of the flight's 44 passengers, David Keck.

Keck said he was headed to Asia, when his trip was interrupted.

"People were just looking around and kind of wondering and then we hit the bank and there were several people wondering what had happened," he said.

Keck said he could see through the window the plane was moving sideways.

Then, it came to a not-so-intense stop when it hit the snow bank.

"It happened so slow, I can't say it was very exciting," Keck said.

After the slide off, passengers boarded buses and were taken back to the airport so the plane could be towed back to the terminal.

"I know a lot of people kind of thought we had a scary experience, but really what happened is we were just suddenly stopped," said Brandy Campbell, another Skywest passenger.

Campbell was on her way to Orlando for a work trip and said her ticket was fully refunded and her baggage returned.

"They've been incredibly gracious and helpful and helping people get to where they're supposed to be going."

After an investigation, airport and Skywest officials determined there was no damage to the plane.

Skywest officials said the aircraft was actually able to take off safely at around 11:20 a.m. and landed in Salt Lake around 12:30 p.m.


Airport officials said at around 8 am, a Skywest flight was preparing to take off at Missoula International Airport, when it slid off the runway.

They said when the pilot turned onto the runway, the aircraft slid on ice and landed in the snow.

Nobody was injured and all passengers are now back at the terminal.

Airport officials said a crew is determining whether or not any damage was caused to the plane.

They estimate about 50 people were on board.

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