An United Airlines (United Express) Embraer ERJ 145 slid off the runway during landing at Lake Charles Regional Airport. The aircraft was coming from Houston International Airport.
United Aircraft slid off the runway
The United Airlines aircraft was landing on the secondary runway. Airport Director Heath Allen said that the aircraft went off the runway due to stormy weather. It went into the grass.
Fortunately, there were no injuries. 7News Meteoreologist Max Logano was also onboard the aircraft.
The flight attendant announced onboard that a gust of wind caused the aircraft to be pushed off the runway.
A shuttle bus reached the scene and has transported the passengers to the passenger terminal. The aircraft will be towed from the grass region to the pavement.
Not the first time
This is not the first time that a United Airlines aircraft, operated by SkyWest Airlines has slid off the runway. In May 12 last year, a United Express aircraft went off the runway at George Bush International Airport, Houston. The aircraft ended up in a grassy field near a construction zone. 16 people were onboard the Embraer. But luckily, no one was injured.
Before that, in June 2019, a United Airlines Boeing 757 came off the runway because of a burst tyre. The aircraft landed with multiple flat tyres. The aircraft was flying from Denver to Newark with 166 passengers and 6 crew members onboard. During landing, the Boeing 757 veered off the runway disrupting airport operations for more than 5 hours. Some passengers had minor injuries.
During bad weather, handling smaller narrow body aircraft is quite a big task for a pilot. Sometimes, the situation may go out of control. A United Express aircraft was flying from Houston to Lake Charles. Upon landing, it veered off the runway into the grass area. All passengers are safe. A shuttle bus transported the passengers from grass area to the passenger terminal.
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