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Plane gets stuck on taxiway at Winnipeg airport

The plane on the side of the runway.
The plane on the side of the runway. Andrew Melnuk/Submitted

In the midst of a massive Manitoba snowstorm, a plane arriving in Winnipeg didn’t quite make it to its final destination.

The airport confirmed a WestJet flight from Toronto went off the edge of the taxiway and got stuck Friday night.

“We came from Toronto, it was sunny out there. When we landed I was like oh my god, this is a disaster,” said Nestor Swi, a passenger on the aircraft.

Tyler MacAfee from the Winnipeg Airports Authority said city buses were being called to pick the stranded passengers up and drive them to the terminal.

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He estimated there were around 150-175 passengers on the plane and said there were no operational impacts to the airport. He said it’s unikely the plane was damaged.

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“We were on our way to the terminal and we just came to a halt and stopped, I didn’t expect that to happen at all,” says Brayden Robb a passenger arriving back home in Winnipeg from a vacation in Florida.

“(Florida) was just sunny and awesome, I come here thinking it’s December and it’s only October,” Robb said.

Emily Meadows, a passenger on the plane told Global News it took ground crews nearly two hours until the passengers were all safely evacuated.

“I think the crew is very lucky that people were very mature and remained very calm, because I think things could’ve gone south very quickly,” says Meadows.

Winnipeg Airports Authority tells Global News 14 arrivals into the airport were cancelled since Thursday night along with 14 departures.

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For the latest updates on arrivals and departures, visit WAA.ca

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