Plane Gets Stuck In Snow at Mid-Continent Airport

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email
The pilot turned onto a taxiway that had not been plowed.

Image Courtesy Mid-Continent Airport's Facebook Page

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UPDATE: February 21, 2013

All Thursday, cars, trucks, even emergency vehicles got stuck in the snow. At Mid Continent Airport, a plane got stuck for two hours.

There were 66 passengers on board the United flight from Denver. They say they were stuck in the snow longer than they were in the air.

The first time the barbershop quartet "Storm Front" flew into Wichita, there were tornadoes. This time, there was a blizzard.

Now, the guys are starting to think their group's name might be unlucky.

"You know with a quartet name like Storm Front, it's bound to happen," Quartet member Darin Drown said.

Two members of Storm Front flew in to Wichita from Denver. Their flight was about an hour but it took the plane twice that long to make it to the terminal.

"I was sitting next to guy and we weren't really paying attention to what was going on and then we began taxiing and we here (a crunching sound) and he turns to me a says 'that didn't sound good,'"Drown said.

A representative for the airport says the pilot turned onto a taxiway that hadn't been plowed.

Crews spent the next two hours using plows and shovels to get the plane out. It took so long that a second flight from Atlanta landed, but had to wait in line for about an hour.

"It was OK for the first hour then after that it was like, OK enough of this we gotta get off the plane," plane passenger Scott Abramo said.

The guys of Storm Front say all's well that ends well. They all made it to Wichita to perform at a high school all state music event. Although, after their experience they say it might be time to reconsider their name.

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

According to Mid-Continent Airport's Facebook page, the plane has been freed from the snow and passengers have arrived at the terminal.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Crews are trying to free a passenger plane that's stuck in snow on a Wichita airport taxiway.

The plane, a smaller regional United jet, became stuck on a taxiway at Mid-Continent Airport shortly after landing around 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

The flight came from Denver and has 66 people on board. According to an airport spokesperson, the lane became stuck when the pilot turned onto a taxiway that had not been plowed.

Several snow plows and people with shovels are trying to get the plane moving again.

If the plane is not freed soon, airport officials may put passengers on a bus to get them to the terminal.

We have a crew on scene. Check back for updates.

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