American Eagle flight slides off runway in dramatic video
Nov. 11 (UPI) — An American Eagle flight slid off a snowy runway Monday morning at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. All 38 passengers and three crew exited safely with no injuries.
Passengers inside the aircraft took video of the rough landing that shows the wing collapse in the snow. As the aircraft touches the ground, a passenger said “We’re sliding. We’re sliding.” As the aircraft grounds to a halt, one woman can be heard saying, “I think we landed.” The footage spread quickly on social media.
Flight 4125 operated by Envoy Air actually made two landing attempts.
“The first one, we went back up after we noticed conditions were bad,” passenger Shaun Steele told WLS-TV. “We made a loop for about 20 minutes … As soon as we landed, we could start feeling something a little off there and we tried to do a little turn and that’s when we started going sideways. Everybody just held their breath until we stopped. And as soon as we stopped, everybody just kind of exhaled.”
“The pilot started zigzagging the plane to try to stop it and still there was no grip on the ground,” passenger Luis Torres Curet told WLS-TV.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the right landing gear collapsed as the airplane slid off the runway at about 7:45 a.m. Monday.