Delta Air Lines CRJ-900 Gets Stuck In The Mud In Buffalo

A Delta Air Lines aircraft has become stuck in the mud after landing in Buffalo, with passengers being stranded on the tilted aircraft until they could be towed clear.

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A Delta CRJ-900 has gotten stuck in the mud today. Photo: Delta Air Lines

What are the details?

Delta Air Lines flight DL5058, operated by a CRJ-900, had just successfully completed an uneventful flight from New York LaGuardia. The weather had been stormy, with scatted showers drenching the airfield.

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The route of the Delta Air Lines aircraft flying DL5058. Photo: Flight Status

What happened next is a little bit of a mystery. According to ABC 13Wham, the aircraft slid a little bit too far off the taxiway as it was making its way to the ramp and it ended up on the grassy mud.

The aircraft appeared to tilt a bit and become pinned in the grass. For all aircraft’s ability to fly over any obstacle, they do lack the ability to drive over uneven terrain and thus the aircraft was well and truly stuck.

“It was like so scary, I literally thought we were gonna tip over,” said passenger Keara Donnelly to ABC 13Wham. “I think people thought at first that another plane or like a car or bus like crashed into us,” said Clare Brown in the same news report.

It took around an hour to successfully pull the aircraft free and all passengers were taken to the gate.


There were 68 passengers and four crew members on board, but thanks to everyone remaining seated with belt buckles on (as you should) no injuries were reported.

CRJ 900
The larger CRJ900 is used to fly frequent services between regional cities. Photo: Delta

How many CRJ-900’s does Delta operate?

Delta Air Lines uses a fleet of 154 CRJ-900’s across their entire regional fleet network. These aircraft are not actually part of the airline’s mainline fleet (which their smallest aircraft is the new A220-100, which they have 28 of) but rather operated by two different airline contractors.

Delta Air Lines contracts the CRJ-900 to SkyWest and Endeavor Air, the latter of which is owned outright by Delta (which is a bit confusing as it might defeat the purpose of having a regional subsidiary).

Delta CRJ-900
The seat map of the Delta Connect CRJ-900. Photo: Skywest Airlines on behalf of Delta.

To understand more about why the big three airlines in the United States use contractors for their regional routes (unlike some other airlines), then you can peruse this article here. 

What do you think? Would you have remained calm onboard this aircraft during this delay? Let us know in the comments.