A Southwest Airlines plane almost skidded off the taxiway Wednesday at Maryland's Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. BWI further stated that there are no reported injuries at this time.
Southwest Airlines flight 906, destined for Jamaica's Montego Bay, "turned and halted close to the runway asphalt edge" as it was planning to remove at the beginning of today not long after 10 a.m. In 2016, runway and taxiway excursions accounted for about a fifth of total accidents involving commercial aircraft.
Airport officials said 75 flights departed off the runway that the aircraft was headed to for departure. Officials tested the condition of the pavement surface immediately following the incident and it was within the standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the spokesperson.
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The plane remained on the taxiway as of noon. "The pilot then came on the intercom and said we hit ice", Edmonds told ABC News in a telephone interview.
Southwest Airlines officials responded to the incident at hand alongside members of the airport's operations team, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and the fire department, the Baltimore Sun reported.
According to ABC News meteorologists, the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport experienced freezing rain Wednesday morning. The skidding wasn't suspected to be a pavement issue, however, since ice-free and temperatures outside were above freezing.