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Wrong turn puts plane in mud at KCI

By Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

United Airlines Flight 183 to Denver was evacuated on Sunday at the Kansas City International Airport in Platte County after the pilot made a wrong turn, causing the plane to get stuck in mud.

The plane was scheduled to depart at 6:30 a.m. and at the time of the incident the airport was under extremely foggy conditions.

The pilot turned onto a small service road instead of the taxiway and the Boeing 757 began to slide into the mud. According to Justin Meyer, manager of air service development, the roadway was too skinny for the aircraft and the right main landing gear got stuck in the mud.

The 182 people on board, including the six crew members, had to be evacuated and boarded busses to get back to the terminal before waiting for another flight to Denver.

None of the crew or passengers were injured in the incident.

KCI grounds crews brought mobile stairs and busses to the aircraft after it was determined to be unable to get out.

Many passengers were transferred to other flights to their various destinations and some had to wait up to 12 hours before getting a replacement flight.

The airplane remained in the mud for hours and was later removed and taken to the American Airlines overhaul base where it was checked out by maintenance crews and left the airport at by 6 p.m. Sunday night.



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