UPDATE: Response teams get to Delta flight off runway in seconds

By: Britni McDonald Email
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UPDATE: A Delta Air Lines flight carrying 60 passengers slid off a taxiway in the snow after arriving at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, but no one was hurt.

Credit: Madison Fire

POSTED December 17, 2013-- 5:45 p.m.

The Dane County Regional Airport has a fire department right on site to respond to emergencies like the one Monday night when a Delta Boeing 737-800 slid off a taxiway in the snow after landing at the airport Monday afternoon.

"If a plane's on fire or has mechanical problems, they are well trained in how they respond and how they operate," said Madison Fire assistance chief Lance Langer.

In this case, it wasn't a big problem.

"It was really a non-event. I think it was more of an inconvenience to most," said Langer.

Langer says airport crews usually keep runways clear within the hour. This time, the plane slid on a turn like a car slides on the road.

"I don't think we realized how much snow as falling yesterday," said Langer.

the 60 passengers on board weren't hurt and got off the plane safely in about a half hour.

"They brought a ramp out of the plane and and took a bus back to the terminal," said Langer.

But that was due to about a 30 second response time by the 12 members of the Truax fire department based right by the terminal with Madison fire right behind them, calling in about 16 of their 78 people.

"We sent one engine one ladder truck one chief and his driver and then three additional med units," said Langer.

Response level is based on the plane's size, number of passengers, and severity of the situation, which was at first thought to be much worse.

"The initial concern was that it was in landing not taxiing," said Langer.

"We didn't do much, just made sure everyone was OK and took our direction from Truax fire," said Langer.

"It's a great partnership we got going with them," said Langer.

The following statement was released in response from Dane County Regional Airport Director of Marketing Communications Brent McHenry:

Planning and training for an effective response to emergency situations is on-going at the Dane County Regional Airport and working closely with the Truax Fire Department, The City of Madison Fire Department, and other Dane County first responder agencies guarantees a rapid and effective response to all situations.

Yesterday was no exception, and all emergency response agencies provided an efficient and well coordinated response, ensuring the safety of the passengers and crew of flight 385. The Dane County Regional Airport always places passenger safety as a top priority.


UPDATED: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 --- 10:30 p.m.

Some passengers on board Delta Flight 385 call the experience of their plane sliding off the runway 'exciting.'

Denise Penn and her co-worker Becky Burr flew into the Dane County Regional Airport for a work-related trip Monday. They were on the 737 plane that made national headlines when it had trouble taxiing because of the snow. Despite the attention, the Kansas natives say it wasn't a big deal to them.

"It was more exciting than your normal airplane," Penn said. "And all of the lights outside, and wondering what was going to happen. Do we have to use the slide?"

Penn said buses came to pick up the passengers while emergency crews assessed the situation.

"Within really 20 minutes of it happening we were in the terminal waiting on our bags," she said. Now they're just waiting for their other co-worker to arrive, who was also flying into Madison Monday night.

"He's delayed because of all this," Penn said. "He was rerouted to Minneapolis instead of coming straight here from Atlanta."

UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 5:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Delta Air Lines flight carrying 60 passengers slid off a taxiway in the snow after arriving at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, but no one was hurt.

Airport spokeswoman Kim Jones says Delta Flight 385 from Minneapolis landed at 4 p.m. Monday and was taxiing when the Boeing 737-800 left the paved surface.

Passengers were taken off the plane and brought to the terminal.

Jones says the airport was closed for about an hour while a second runway was cleared for use but has since reopened.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 5:01 p.m.

Dane Co. Regional Airport officials say there are no injuries after a Delta flight slid off a runway Monday afternoon.

Delta Flight 385 landed around 4:00 p.m.

The plane slid off the paved surface of the runway while taxiing.

The 737 was inbound from Minneapolis.

60 passengers were on board.


Posted Monday, December 16, 2014 --- 4:25 p.m.

Madison Fire crews are responding to a call of a plane sliding off a runway at the Dane Co. Regional Airport.

Right now there is no information on what type of plane it is. There is also no information on any possible injuries.

NBC15 will bring you more information as soon as it is available.

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