United Airlines Plane Slides Off Icy Runway In Maine – 3 Passengers Injured

A United branded Embraer EMB-145XR commuter jet has slid off a runway in Maine, snapping its wheels and careening into the snow.

The plane essentially became a giant sled, with three passengers and the pilot suffering minor injuries.

What are the details?

United Airlines Flight 4933 was operating a normal run between New York Newark Airport to Presque Isle, Maine with 28 passengers and 4 crew onboard.

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The route operated by the aircraft. Source: Google

They had an uneventful flight up north and had to go around on a 2nd landing attempt due to poor weather. During the second landing, the plane touched the ground, engaged breaks but didn’t stop…


The plane continued to roll down the runway, slipping on the icy conditions before moving off the end of the runway. This change in terrain caused the wheels to snap off and the whole plane to collapse onto its belly.


United Jet Lands off Runway at Presque Isle Airport during second landing attemptAt least 4 people received minor…

Posted by Crown of Maine on Monday, March 4, 2019

The snapped wheels flew off, with one embedding itself into the engine.

Landing gear broken off and embedded in the engine after a failed landing attempt today at Presque Isle Airport

Posted by Crown of Maine on Monday, March 4, 2019

Fortunately, the plane slowly stopped and fire crews had easy access to evacuate the passengers.

Passengers being evacuated and a the nose of the plane sustained damaged after a failed landing at Presque Isle International Airport – PQI

Posted by Crown of Maine on Monday, March 4, 2019

The injured passengers were treated at a nearby hospital, but have since been released. The rest of the 28 passengers were transported to the terminal building. It is not known if their luggage was also removed and delivered to them.

From here, the plane will be secured, left at its current location and investigated by the FAA. Whilst weather conditions would have played a big part, special focus will be given to the actions of the flight crew, the maintenance of aircraft and operation of the airport runway (particularly if they have been clearing the snow off the runway).

The FAA has released this statement: CommutAir Flight 4933, an E45X aircraft, landed on Runway 1 and then veered off the runway onto the grass at [Presque Isle International Airport, formerly] Northern Maine Regional Airport[,] at Presque Isle at 11:43 a.m. today.

The damage to the plane appears to be relatively cosmetic, with the wheels, underside, and cone needing special attention. It is possible that the plane may be flying again soon.

The carrier, who operates the flight for United, has released this statement: At this time our focus is on the safety and well-being of all those involved, and we will be working with authorities to obtain more information with a follow-up statement to be issued as details emerge.

Obviously passengers are rattled from their experience, but fortunately, no one was killed in this incident.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments. 


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Bruce Soh

-Plane touched ground.
-engaged breaks (brakes) but didn’t stop.
-continued to roll down runway.
-slipping on the icy conditions.
All these points to snow and ice on runway period! In situations like this, no amount of carbon or ABB braking can stop this thing! The best possible solution would be to provide instantaneous “Rolled Carpet” (my secret) on runway a few minutes before touchdown. This will safely stop any aircraft regardless of runway’s conditions. Please provide Royalty to me if you know how to use my system, otherwise ask!
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Bruce Soh

My apology, typing error, it was ABS not ABB! Actually computer mistake!

James Strange

I enjoy this site, but I feel I need to comment on the accuracy:

“The damage to the plane appears to be relatively cosmetic”.

There’s a landing gear in or wedged next to an engine, damage to the cowling and a fuselage strike. That’s more than cosmetic. Perhaps “relatively minor” would have been a better choice?

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First appearance is that the run way might not have been properly prepared for landing and take off and so traction might have been poor. Be certain though the investigators will emerge with the causes of the accident and air travel will be a little safer.


I agree with Mr. Strange when he questions how this incident can be just “cosmetic”. I formerly worked for a landing gear manufacturer – the gear (1, 2 or the whole shipset), plus the engine, are the two most expensive systems on a plane! Even if it really is fairly cosmetic, it sure won’t be a low cost repair!

p.s. I’m new to this site and so far, I’m enjoying it too.


The plane did not land on the runway, an airborne photo of the approach end shows the aircraft touched down at least a 100′ to the right of the runway and skidded to a stop in 5-10 feet of snow. Don’t know where the info for the article came from but its not even close. The plane stopped in the snow just before the midfield intersection. The left engine has the left main gear stuck between it and the fuselage, but the right engine has the same damage to it as the left, but the right landing gear is laying… Read more »