Jetliners stuck on taxiways at Detroit Airport

Snow falling at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Snow falling at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Officials said several passengers are trapped on two jetliners that are stuck on taxiways at Detroit Metro Airport.

CBS Detroit reports that the jets ran into complication Wednesday morning as heavy snowfall created whiteout conditions in the Romulus area, according to airport spokesman Mike Conway.

“Shortly before 9 o’clock, we got a call that there were a couple of aircraft that weren’t moving in two different spots on the east side of the airfield,” he said. “One’s at the intersection of two taxiways and the other’ s at the intersection or a taxiway and a runway.”

Conway said the aircraft are both regional jets operated by Delta Air Lines affiliates, both with room for about 50 to 70 passengers. He said crews are feverishly working to free the jetliners.

“Our operations are escorting tugs from those airlines out there to see if we can push or pull those aircraft onto better pavement to see if they can start taxiing on their own or if they need to be tugged to the gate,” he said.

Conway said they’re not exactly sure what caused the jets to get stuck, but snow likely played a part.

“The snow is coming down really intensely, it has been since about 8:30 and it’s been blinding snow. And to tell you the truth, I don’t know if they’re still on the pavement or they’re stuck in deep snow,” he said.

Conway said the airport has enough runway capacity to handle the current arrivals and departures, so this situation should not affect flights too much. However, he added that some airlines have issued delays and cancellations due to weather and other circumstances.

No injuries have been reported.
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