Southwest jet skids off snowy taxiway in Denver

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 11 at 10:20 AM

DENVER (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet slid off a taxiway at Denver International Airport on Saturday amid light snowfall and freezing temperatures.

DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone confirmed that the aircraft slid off the taxiway shortly after 5 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.

"While taxiing to the terminal, the nosewheel of the aircraft departed the taxiway," said a statement posted on Southwest Airlines' official blog. "There were 125 Customers and five crew members onboard, all of whom were deplaned and bussed back to the terminal. No injuries have been reported."

A Twitter user named "Brad" who said he was aboard the flight reported that the pilot said he had hit a patch of ice and the plane kept going straight.

The Denver-bound Boeing 737 had departed Saturday afternoon from Metropolitan Oakland International in California.

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

Dallas-based Southwest said it was working to help passengers who were making connections to other cities.

WFAA.com contributed to this report.

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