Just days after an airline terrified passengers by losing part of its left wing in flight, another of its aircraft has skidded off a taxiway and into a ditch.
The airline is Southwest and the latest mishap happened at Nashville International Airport yesterday.
The plane was carrying 133 passengers and five crew, Southwest Airlines said. Video of the incident exists on YouTube:
Eight people suffered minor injuries when the flight went into the ditch shortly after landing. Those injured had “mostly bumps and bruises,” Nashville Fire Department said.
Photos on social media showed a B737 lying in a grass ditch with its nose on the ground. At least one emergency slide was deployed.
A Southwest statement said: “At approximately 5.20 pm local time, Southwest Airlines Flight #31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville International Airport exited the taxiway shortly after arriving into Nashville, as the airplane was approaching the arrival gate.”
Not long before, another Southwest aircraft landed safely after a section of one of its wings fell off in flight. See: Remain calm, a piece of the wing has just fallen off
Written by Peter Needham