MADISON, Wis. (KTTC/WKOW) -- It was a tense moment at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., 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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