A Delta plane slid off an icy taxiway in Kansas City - here's what happened
- A Delta Air Lines aircraft slid off an icy taxiway Friday morning with its front wheel impacting the grass.
- The aircraft was taxiing to be de-iced in preparation for departure when the incident occurred.
- Five commercial airline flights departed from the airport that morning, according to flight-tracking website Flight Aware, before the airport was shut down due to icy conditions.
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A Delta Air Lines aircraft at Kansas City International Airport early Friday morning slid off of a taxiway as it was preparing for departure, the company said.
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that the aircraft was getting ready for a flight to Detroit and taxiing to an area where de-icing fluid would be applied when its front wheel slid into the grass adjacent to the taxiway.
"In preparation for departure, the nosegear of Delta flight 1114 exited the taxiway," a Delta spokesperson said. "We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience and are working to re-accomodate them."
Freezing rain was impacting the area, the National Weather Service reported, around the time of the incident.
Shortly after the incident, the entire airport was closed due to the icy conditions, a spokesperson for the airport said. The airport reopened later in the morning but was once again closed as the weather continued.
No injuries were reported among the 129 people on board Delta Air Lines flight 1114, who were transported back to the terminal on buses.