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.
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.
The snapped wheels flew off, with one embedding itself into the engine.
Fortunately, the plane slowly stopped and fire crews had easy access to evacuate the passengers.
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).
4 injured in Presque Isle after CommutAir flight 4933, operating as @united Express, slid off the runway upon landing about 11:30 a.m. It was snowing at the time with 1/2 mile visibility. https://t.co/CgbMvuh3bY pic.twitter.com/zVZqb36ek4
— Ryan Breton (@RyanBretonWX) March 4, 2019
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.
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