Delta airliner goes off icy taxiway in Minneapolis snowstorm

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Delta jet went off an icy taxiway after landing in a snowstorm in Minneapolis but no passengers were injured, the airline said.

The Airbus A320 landed safely Tuesday night on a flight from Los Cabos, Mexico, Delta said in a statement. But the nose gear of the plane “exited the taxiway while turning toward the gate due to icy conditions,” it said.

It happened around 6:40 p.m. It took about an hour to get the 147 passengers off the plane and bused to the terminal, Jeff Lea, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, told the Star Tribune. The plane was stuck in the snow until sometime between 9 and 10 p.m., when crews removed it from the taxiway, close to the north end of the runway, Lea said.

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The incident did not disrupt airport operations, he said. But unrelated to the stuck plane, the airport issued a “ground stop” at around 7:30 p.m., putting a temporary halt on planes operating on the airfield, because of the icy conditions. One runway reopened at around 9:15 p.m., Lea said.

The airport had received 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Another 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12 centimeters) was possible.