A Delta plane landing in Detroit, Flight DL 724 from Buffalo, New York, slid off the icy runway into the grass Sunday morning.
The plane was carrying 65 passengers and five crew members who all exited safely through the plane’s tail and were taken to the terminal in buses, the Detroit Free Press reported. There were no injuries reported in the incident, which occurred during a winter storm in the area.
More than 1,500 flights were canceled in the Great Lakes region as a result of the weather, but operations at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport continued at least partially throughout the storm, which was expected to leave about 10 inches of snow on the ground by its end.
Passenger Scott Erikson credited the crew of the flight with keeping passengers calm and helping them exit the plane safely without injury.
"They did a good job keeping us calm, and got us all off the plane in an orderly fashion," he said, CBS reported. "People on the ground were hustling too helping you on the bus, off the bus, telling you exactly where you needed to go.” Even the bags were all recovered from the plane with only about an hour delay from the excitement, the Free Press noted.
The airport authority said it is investigating the incident.
The storm is part of an arctic blast that swept over much of the nation’s north and middle regions last week. Parts of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin all got more than 6 inches of snow by Sunday afternoon, and more is in the forecast for later in the week.
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