CHICAGO — A United Airlines plane skidded off the runway at Chicago O’Hare International Airport shortly before noon Saturday, Chicago fire officials said.
No injuries were reported. There were 129 people aboard United Airlines flight No. 656 from Phoenix when it landed.
“Everything was going smooth,” passenger Joel Rosado said, “and all of a sudden, the plane kind of slid off. We were right by the engine, so we could feel the impact. Yeah, it was pretty nuts.”
Chicago Fire Department officials said the incident was likely due to weather. It’s been snowing in Chicago since Friday night. Some northwest suburbs reported 8.5 inches of snow Saturday. More than 900 flights have been canceled at Chicago airports as of 12:48 p.m. Saturday.
“I’m glad we made it safe,” passenger Valerie Garcia said. “That’s all that really matters.”
A @united flight from #Phoenix skidded off of an icy runway at @fly2ohare just before 12 p.m. on Saturday. The situation is “likely due to weather,” said one @CFDMedia official. There were 129 people on board, and no reported injuries. @WGNNews #chicagosnow pic.twitter.com/Hle8rRpb0x
— Mike Lowe (@MikeLoweReports) January 19, 2019