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Cargo plane skids off runway in Salt Lake City

Dec. 20, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah - Flights were disrupted at Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday after a cargo plane slid on a taxiway made slick by a winter storm.


December 20, 2013
By The Associated Press

One runway was reopened 2 1/2 hours after the airport shut down flight operations.

 

Nearly 30 departures were
cancelled and 14 incoming flights were diverted to other Utah airports
during the shutdown, airport spokesman Barbara Gann said.

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The Boeing 757 cargo plane landed safely
before the slide, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal
Aviation Administration.

 

Nobody was injured and the cargo plane was not damaged, he said.

 

Gann called the slide a minor incident
and said the airport was quickly forced to halt operations for all
flights because of the slippery conditions.

 

The airport in Salt Lake
had received more than 3 inches (8 centimetres) of snow by midmorning
after a freezing rain. Several more inches of snow were expected
Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

 

Delta, the airport's major carrier, couldn't immediately specify how many of its flights were affected by the temporary closure.