January 5, 2016 11:47 am
Updated: January 5, 2016 1:14 pm

United Airlines plane slides off runway at Spokane airport; no injuries

An airport spokesman says a United Airlines flight plane slid off an icy runway at Spokane International Airport in Washington state.

AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh

SPOKANE, Wash. — The airport in Spokane, Washington, is temporarily closed after freezing rain caused a United Airlines 737 to slide off an icy runway. No injuries were reported.

Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says the slide happened at about 6 a.m. Tuesday as the plane was preparing to take off. The flight was bound for Denver.

Passengers are being off-loaded through a rear door of the airplane. The front wheels of the plane slid off the taxiway.

Passenger Austin Ola told KXLY-TV that the plane started sliding and “just went off the road.”

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