A Delta plane slid off the taxiway at Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Tuesday evening shortly after arriving from San Jose del Cabo (SJD) amid a daylong winter storm.
Flight transponder data shows flight DL1819 slid off the taxiway around 6:40 p.m. local time Tuesday, while trying to turn and taxi soon after landing from Cabo. Nearly three hours later, data showed the plane had been successfully dislodged and moved.
A Delta spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying none of the 147 passengers nor crew onboard were injured. The airline said passengers had been deplaned and brought to the terminal after sliding off the icy taxiway while turning toward a gate.
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The slide off the taxiway, combined with icy conditions at the airport, closed remaining airport runways for several hours, forcing many flights heading for Minneapolis to divert to neighboring airports, according to data from JetTip.net.
The Minneapolis region saw five-plus inches of slow and slick conditions Tuesday, leading the airport to pause arrivals and departures sporadically throughout the day. Delta and Sun Country, the two largest airlines at the airport, have each issued winter weather waivers allowing travelers with flights scheduled over the next few days to change flights free to avoid the storm.
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