Reprinted from reviewjournal.com. By Richard N. Velotta.
Allegiant Flight 405, scheduled to leave Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport for McCarran International Airport on Sunday night, slid off a taxi strip and got stuck in ice and snow in a grassy area at the airport. No one was injured in the incident.
The airline said a special flight to fly the 161 passengers and six crew members from Wichita departed at 7 p.m. Monday.
An Allegiant spokeswoman said the twin-engine MD-80 jet left the gate at 11:23 p.m. Sunday. As the plane was taxiing, weather conditions worsened and the aircraft’s right wheel left the paved taxi strip. Passengers disembarked and were shuttled to local hotels.
An account of the incident on the Wichita Eagle website Monday said the taxiway remained closed, but was not affecting operations at the airport. The airport’s website said there were 17 cancellations and four flight delays because of the weather.
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