Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines jetÂ that slid off a frozen runway at Denver International Airport say they are luckyÂ to be alive after the plane terrifyingly lost control in the last seconds ofÂ landing.
Fire fighters and emergency personnel rushedÂ to the scene shortly after 5pm on Saturday with crews heard hastily warningÂ rescue workers over radio waves of an airliner crash.
‘This is not a drill. Rescue One this is notÂ a drill. Respond to the air force on an airliner crash,’ communication obtainedÂ by KUSA is heard calling.
‘It had seemed like he was having a hard timeÂ getting the plane to slow down,’ passenger Al Rehmka told the newsÂ station of their surprise landing in theÂ grass.
‘It was going faster than he wanted itÂ toÂ and then the next thing we knew it was making a strange grindingÂ sounds and heÂ veered off to the right and then there was no runawayÂ underneath us,’ heÂ said.No injuries were reported among the 125Â passengers on board Flight 1905 arriving from Metropolitan Oakland InternationalÂ in California.
Passengers awaiting their evacuation TweetedÂ pictures of the scene drenched in flashing red lights. One showed a fire fighterÂ walking through the aisles.
DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone saidÂ passengers were bussed from the taxiway to the concourse after held for twoÂ hours on the ground.
‘It was just sort of weird because the flightÂ attendant had just said “and we’re here seven minutes early make sure you tellÂ all your friends” – boom, boom, bump – and then, it was over. We were off theÂ tarmac,’ passenger Linda Carucci told KUSA.
Ms Schiavone said flight schedules andÂ overall DIA operations were not disrupted following the incident.
‘We were talking about how we beat the oddsÂ because we were in a plane crash and we didn’t die,’ passenger Darilyn BarneyÂ told KUSA. ‘How awesome is that? If you’re going to be in a plane crash might asÂ well be this one.’