Probe into USA airline's runway slip at Pudong

A PLANE skidded off the runway and onto grass at Detroit Metropolitan Airport yesterday as snowstorms batter parts of the US. All 65 passengers and five crew members were safely removed from the plane, according to the news station.

The Detroit Free Press reports the plane came to rest in the grass right off the snowy runway.

China's civil aviation regulator is investigating an incident at Pudong airport involving a USA airliner crossing a runway without permission while another plane was about to take off, the regulator said over the weekend. There were no injuries reported in the incident, which occurred during a winter storm in the area.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black told Lambert that the 8:30 a.m. flight to San Diego was able to resume after a short delay. The cause is under investigation. "However, due to the weather conditions, travelers are reminded to check with their airline to confirm their flight status".

It was the second time that runway incursion incidents have happened at the city's airports within two months.

Snow and icy rain have caused risky travel conditions as areas including Chicago have seen six inches of snowfall.

Communities declared snow emergencies, which means vehicles must be moved so plows can clear snow and some schools had started canceling Monday classes.

Detroit is expected to receive about eight inches of snow, while Cleveland could see up to six inches, and Burlington, Vermont, could get up to three.

  • Jon Douglas