Eppley re-opens airport operations after plane slides off runway

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 2:39 PM CST
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Almost two hours after it closed Friday, Eppley announced it was re-opening airport operations.

More than an hour after a Southwest plan slid off a runway at Eppley Airfield, forcing the airport to close, Eppley officials told 6 News they were working to open one runway to allow aircraft to take off.

Eppley Airfield officials told 6 News one runway is enough to accommodate winter travel at the airport.

Eppley tweeted on its official Twitter account at about 2:50 p.m. Friday that the airport was closed after Southwest Airlines flight No. 1643, arriving from Las Vegas, "exited the end of Runway 14R following a landing in Omaha."

Southwest Airlines tweeted at 3:31 p.m. that none of the 150 passengers and crew aboard the plane were injured.

Around 2:15 p.m., passengers were tweeting about sitting on the plane waiting to exit the aircraft.

The airport advised passengers to contact their individual airlines for the status of flights.

According to a passenger on the flight, people on Southwest Flight 1643 were bused from the plane to the airport for a debriefing.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for more details.