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American Airlines Plane Slides Off Runway at Jackson Hole Airport

Dec 29, 2010 – 2:35 PM
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Mara Gay

Mara Gay Contributor

An American Airlines plane skidded off the runway as it was landing at an airport in Jackson Hole, Wyo., today amid heavy snowfall, federal officials told AOL News.

No injuries were reported on Flight 2253, which originated in Chicago, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said today by phone.

There were 181 people -- 175 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants -- aboard the Boeing 757, the spokesman said. Passengers were driven to the airport terminal in buses.

American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle told reporters the plane had a "long rollout" when it landed at 11:37 a.m. The aircraft came to a stop on a hard surface, not in grass or brush, he said.

Jackson Hole Airport Director Ray Bishop said the plane went into deep snow 658 feet past the end of the runway, according to The Associated Press. There was no damage to the plane.

Officials were trying to determine what caused the plane to go off the runway, but it was snowing at the time of mishap.
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