posted on Dec, 8 2005 @ 10:01 PM
A Southwest Airlines 737 slid off the runway hitting two cars, killing a six-year-old boy. The jet, which began its flight in Baltimore, crashed
through a fence during an intense snowstorm. The airport was closed following the accident.
A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Chicago slid off a runway at Midway International Airport and onto a nearby street as it attempted to
land amid heavy snow and wind, authorities said Thursday.
Although there were no immediate reports of injuries on the plane, at least one person was seriously hurt in a vehicle on the ground, Chicago Fire
Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
The accident happened about 7:15 p.m. when Southwest Flight 1248 inbound from Baltimore slid off the runway, crashed through the airport's boundary
fence and stopped on part of Central Avenue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's regional office in Chicago.
"It got really bumpy, and then a big crashing sound," passenger Katie Duda told WMAQ-TV. The next thing she knew, the airplane was past the airport
and on the street, Duda said.
Passengers used inflatable slides to exit the plane, she said.
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This has now turned into a real tragedy with the announcement that a young boy lost his life. The NTSB will not be able to begin it's investigation
until tomorrow, but it is certain many will question the wisdom of the plane's landing in such miserable conditions. The winter storm that now
covers much of the country, including New Mexico, where I live, may have made the alternatives impossible.
[edit on 2005/12/9 by GradyPhilpott]