Diverted plane slides off the runway in Green Bay

NOW: Diverted plane slides off the runway in Green Bay

Updated: 7:32 a.m. on February 23, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS News) -- A United Airlines Flight bound from Houston to Minneapolis made two unscheduled landings and ran off the runway after the second early Friday, the carrier says. United says Flight 878 was first sent to Madison, Wisconsin due to severe weather in Minneapolis.

The plane took off from Madison but severe weather prompted another diversion, this time to Green Bay, where it skidded off the runway, United says, adding that no one was hurt. United was putting passengers up in a hotel.

Passenger Tom DeSimio tells CBS News there were roughly 160 passengers on board.

When the plane landed, the pilot hit the brakes in full reverse, and it got really bumpy. That, says DeSimio, is when he realized something had gone awry.

The plane stopped 100-150 feet off the runway, he says.

DeSimio told CBS News it took 45 minutes to deplane in Green Bay.

The captain did a good job of communicating with people as they got off and was very apologetic, DeSimio adds.


Posted: 6:24 a.m. on February 23, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) -- A United flight headed to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport from Madison had to make an emergency landing in Green Bay and ran off the runway.

Reports say that the plane slid off the Austin-Straubel International Airport runway around 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Passengers were taken off the plane were loaded on a school bus. There's no word on any injuries.

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