Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines jet  that slid off a frozen runway at Denver International Airport say they are lucky  to be alive after the plane terrifyingly lost control in the last seconds of  landing.

Fire fighters and emergency personnel rushed  to the scene shortly after 5pm on Saturday with crews heard hastily warning  rescue workers over radio waves of an airliner crash.

‘This is not a drill. Rescue One this is not  a drill. Respond to the air force on an airliner crash,’ communication obtained  by KUSA is heard calling.

‘It had seemed like he was having a hard time  getting the plane to slow down,’ passenger Al Rehmka told the news  station of their surprise landing in the  grass.

Late arrival: Two hours later the passengers were shuttled off the flight that had previously made an early landing, with a passenger snapping this photo from inside their departing taxi

‘It was going faster than he wanted it  to  and then the next thing we knew it was making a strange grinding  sounds and he  veered off to the right and then there was no runaway  underneath us,’ he  said.No injuries were reported among the 125  passengers on board Flight 1905 arriving from Metropolitan Oakland International  in California.

Passengers awaiting their evacuation Tweeted  pictures of the scene drenched in flashing red lights. One showed a fire fighter  walking through the aisles.

DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone said  passengers were bussed from the taxiway to the concourse after held for two  hours on the ground.

‘It was just sort of weird because the flight  attendant had just said “and we’re here seven minutes early make sure you tell  all your friends” – boom, boom, bump – and then, it was over. We were off the  tarmac,’ passenger Linda Carucci told KUSA.

Ms Schiavone said flight schedules and  overall DIA operations were not disrupted following the incident.

Emergency: This Southwest Airlines flight slid off Denver International Airport’s snow-covered runway on Saturday evening prompting an emergency response and evacuation

‘We were talking about how we beat the odds  because we were in a plane crash and we didn’t die,’ passenger Darilyn Barney  told KUSA. ‘How awesome is that? If you’re going to be in a plane crash might as  well be this one.’


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