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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Southwest plane goes off runway at MacArthur Airport

NEW YORK  - There were no reported injuries when a taxiing Southwest Airlines plane went off of the tarmac at a Long Island airport.

Islip Town Rescue reports that the front nose wheel got stuck in the grass after it went off of the runway at MacArthur Airport. It happened shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The FAA says that Southwest Flight 4695, a Boeing 737, overran the taxiway after the pilot mis-negotiated a turn.

The flight was scheduled to depart at 6:15 a.m. and was supposed to arrive in Tampa at 9:15 a.m. The flight was already delayed when it had the mishap.

There were 136 people on the plane. They were going to deboard the plane. It was unclear if there was another plane to put them onto.

No other details were immediately available.

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