Southwest plane skids off runway in Baltimore

Southwest plane skids off runway in Baltimore

There’s been some icy weather across the United States in the past couple of days and it seems like a plane just skidded off the runway due to these conditions. A Southwest plane bound for Jamaica just skidded off the runway an hour (or so) ago at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Thankfully no one on the plane was injured and the passengers are being re-accommodated on another aircraft to Jamaica.  The aircraft was apparently already delayed due to mainetance, and we still don’t know the reason for the skid just yet. However, I suspect it was just the conditions. There is quite a bit of sleet and snow coming down in parts of the Northeast this morning……

Here are some live tweets from one of the passengers on board the aircraft:



The incident didn’t go without its uproar though because passengers were asked to leave their personal belongings and bags on the aircraft before disembarking. I understand that safety is of the utmost priority, but I don’t quite understand this move given that the aircraft was already checked out for any other problems before the passengers disembarked. It’s not like there was a serious threat of a fire or anything right? I guess protocol is protocol sometimes and it would set some dangerous precedents for future incidents where the aircraft was or could be flammable. 

HT: The Baltimore Sun

Anyway, really glad that all the passengers left the incident without injuries. But what are your thoughts on not letting them take those personal items?

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