Spirit Airlines plane skidded off the taxiway at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday morning after a powerful winter storm created slick conditions.
Spirit Airlines: No Casualties
Field Sutton, spokesman with Spirit Airlines, told CNN that Spirit flight 696 from Las Vegas to BWI landed safely, but the plane slid off the taxiway while heading to the terminal. Sutton said the front wheel slid into the grass area.
No passengers were injured, Sutton said. All 111 people on the plane, an Airbus 320 neo are safe and were transported by bus to the terminal, Sutton said.
An update on Spirit Airlines flight 696. pic.twitter.com/kzomq698ds
— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) December 17, 2020
BWI Airport tweeted Wednesday night that its winter weather team had worked throughout the day to maintain safe surfaces in the airfield and near the terminal, saying “crews remain on standby to maintain safe operations this evening and in the morning.”
What happened To Sprit Airlines?
Simpleflying reported that Spirit Airlines flight NK696 departed Las Vegas at 23:14 Thursday night. The flight touched down slightly ahead of schedule at 06:16 with 111 people onboard. Upon arrival, the flight was given taxi instructions, which it began to follow. However, on the aircraft’s second turn after leaving the runway, the A320neo slid off the taxiway and entered the soft ground at the side.
Photos of the incident show the aircraft was accessed by a set of stairs on the rear right exit, with the baggage hold also being emptied.
Commenting on the incident, a Spirit Airlines spokesperson told Simple Flying, “After safely landing and entering the taxiway this morning, the nose wheel of Spirit Airlines flight 696 slowly slid onto the grass while turning a corner and taxiing to the gate. All 111 Guests and Team Members are safe and were transported by bus to the terminal.”