Eppley re-opens airport operations after plane slides off runway
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.