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UPDATE: Airplane slides off runway in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It was a tense moment at the Dane County Regional Airport Monday afternoon when a 737 plane coming from Minneapolis slid off the runway while taxiing to the gate.

The plane hit a patch of snow along the runway.

"We did not stop by the end of the runway and we have exited the prepared surface just at the end of the runway off to the right," the flight crew told air traffic controllers, "I think you're going to have to send the trucks out."

Airport officials ended up bringing a bus to the plane to evacuate the 60 passengers and six crew members to the terminal. They stayed on the plane for nearly an hour.

No one was hurt.

"We just kind of hopped and then we stopped, so we looked outside and saw we were in the field and not on the runway," says Renee Rosin, who was on Delta Flight 385 when it skidded. "A lot of us kinda laughed and we were out there trying to get pictures."

Rosin says she's just glad to be on solid ground after the incident.

The slide caused delays all over the airport. Planes couldn't take off or land while the grounded plane was on the runway. Some flights were re-routed to other airports mid-air.

"My daughter's flying in from Glasgow and she landed in Newark. Her flight here was supposed to land at 4 p.m.," says Ann Stolen, from Madison. "With the situation with the plane sliding off the runway, they were diverted to Milwaukee."
 
Stolen and others were waiting for answers in the airport lobby for hours. Some flights were delayed into the late evening, causing hangups for travelers looking to make connecting flights.
 
"We didn't know what was happening and then they said that the airport was shutdown while they were figuring that situation out," says Sara Roux, who was planning to leave for a business trip. Her flight was delayed too long. "Now we're leaving [Tuesday] and we're just waiting for a ride home."
 
The incident was resolved quickly. An airport spokesperson says normal operations resumed just after 5 p.m., about an hour after the plane called for help.
 
Madison fire crews were also called in for backup as a precaution.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Delta Airlines tells 27 News Flight 385 from Minneapolis/St. Paul landed in Madison around 4:00 p.m. and while exiting the pavement came in contact with snow adjacent to the runway during taxi.

60 people and six crew members were on board the flight.

No injuries were reported.

Passengers are being bussed to the terminal.

Delta officials say safety is always Delta's top priority.

Dane County Regional Airport spokesperson Brent McHenry says the airport resumed normal operations at 5:05 p.m. He says there were some delays while the airport opened a second runway while the scene near the first runway was being cleared.

There are several delays for flights going in and out of Dane County Regional Airport Monday night. You can check flight status here.

27 News' Jennifer Kliese spoke with a woman who was on the plane and will share her story tonight on 27 News at 10.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Fire is responding to the Dane County Regional Airport for a report of a plane that slid off the runway.

Officials say the plane is upright.

No other information is available.

27 News is headed to the airport now for more information.

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