Plane From Chicago Skids Off Runway In Rochester, N.Y.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBS) — Passengers were alarmed Wednesday night when a flight from Chicago to Rochester, N.Y., skidded off the runway as it landed.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene after United Airlines Flight 3550 from O’Hare International Airport landed at the Greater Rochester International Airport around 10:30 p.m. Central time Wednesday. Officials said the plane skidded 50 to 75 feet off the runway after landing during a snowstorm.

No one was hurt, and the pilot said the plane was not damaged.

Passengers said the pilot told them he put the brakes on and reversed the engines, but they weren’t able to grab any traction. Ground shuttles came to bring the passengers to the terminal after about 20 minutes, and the plane had to be towed from its position.

Travelers said their most serious concern was that they might not get their luggage until later Thursday, CBS affiliate WROC-TV, Rochester, reported.

The flight was operated for United by Trans States Airlines, a regional carrier.

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  • Diane

    yet another regional airplane in an accident. the people aboard this plane are lucky to be alive.

    • Jeff

      Your ignorance is amazing. Did you say the same all the times Southwest has over ran the runway? Doubtful. You probably praised them for their heroics

  • Mike

    Why all the drama lady. This happens to mainline aircraft almost as much as it does the regionals. They were not going very fast when they slid off the runway, so I really don’t think it was that bad, especially if the airplane had no damage. You have a bright future in journalism given your aptitude for the dramatic.

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