Michael Rittershaus & # 39; s wife sent him from Gretna just before his jet landed from Southwest Airlines.
Stephanie wanted him to drive carefully. She had tried to park in the driveway, and it was too smooth.
Rittershaus said he was wondering if they had de-iced the runway. Soon the plane landed and he realized that it was not an ordinary decision for the flight.
The plane slipped off the runway.
"It was not too scary," said Rittershaus, returning from a business trip to California with a stopover in Las Vegas. "Yes, apparently it was freezing cold."
None of the 150 passengers and six crew members of Las Vegas's 1643 flight were injured, said Steve McCoy, Airport Operations Manager for the Omaha Airport Authority.
The plane landed in Omaha at 14:02. Shortly after freezing drizzle covered streets, sidewalks and vehicles. The airport was closed after the incident for about two and a half hours. Reopening at 16:40. A small number of flights were diverted and canceled on Friday afternoon.
Benny Salz, 30, a passenger, said after landing the aircraft, it felt like the plane was moving in an S-shape before straightening up.
"Then it suddenly felt like it hit a black patch of ice, and then it went sideways," said Salt, a Los Angeles-based producer who was visiting Omaha.
McCoy, the airport affairs manager, said the crews had been working on the Eppley Runways earlier in the day since the start of the icy drizzle.
Sarah Smith traveled with her husband Andy Lee and her three young children from Alamo, California on Friday for a birthday party for a niece. How many passengers did she say that the suffering on Friday was mostly calm?
"You could only say that you slip something and then it's a bit bumpy in the end," she said.
Passengers said they stayed on the plane for about an hour after slipping off the end of Runway 14R. Finally, stairs were brought to the plane and the passengers were taken by bus back to the terminal, where they were briefly held in a conference room.
Smith said her children did not seem to notice that something was wrong.
"I do not think they even realized what happened," she said.
Philip Baris, 57, came from Los Angeles for a wedding in the city. He had a window seat and said he knew that the landing did not go right when he saw ice.
"We have achieved something uneven," he said. Baris said the plane had not gone very fast when the slide took place. "Everyone was cool. The crew was cool. "
Gretna knights wrote an SMS to his wife as soon as he understood what had happened. "We just got off the piste. No emergency, "he informed her.
Her answer: "Call me if you can."
The passengers were offered lunch, but Rittershaus refused. He had only carry-on luggage and after a brief conversation with airline employees and some paperwork, went home.
He wanted to do something about this smooth driveway.
World Herald writer Bob Glissmann contributed to this report.
And ...... we have slipped off the slopes! 😳
... leave it up @SouthwestAir to keep things carefree and fun while we wait for the plane to be towed away. #Snow #omaha Many thanks to the pilots and the staff for the safety in this ice and snowstorm! pic.twitter.com/BNGPdzKqaY- Ali Schwanke (@alischwanke) 18 January 2019
Eppley Airfield is currently CLOSED after Southwest Airlines' 1643 flight left Runway 14R after landing in Omaha. All flights are currently suspended. Please check with your airline for flight status.- Eppley Airfield (@OMAairport) 18 January 2019
Waiting for our debriefing. My back hurts. Could have hurt my neck too. Oh. And I lost some hair. I use this as proof in case I suddenly forget all the events of the last 90 minutes. #Eppley # stillsurvivedflight1643 pic.twitter.com/n7PWxkXKmi- Michael Rittershaus (@mitttershaus) 18 January 2019
I'm at Eppley Airfield, where a Southwest Vegas flight leaves the runway this afternoon. An officer said that the passengers would be gathered in a conference room (just down the corridor from the gray partitions). He said media should not interview them @OWHnews pic.twitter.com/B5SPsuVwtI- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
This is Miranda Engelkamp. Her sister Sarah Smith was on the run with her husband and three children. Engelkamp said her sister told her that she did not know that the plane initially slipped. "It was a bumpy landing as normal," her sister told her. pic.twitter.com/T0HPI5UHjF- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
Benny Salz, 30, is a producer in LA. He is back in his hometown (Omaha). He said that after the plane landed, it felt like it was in an S-shape before it straightened up. "And suddenly it felt like it hit a black patch of ice and then it went sideways." pic.twitter.com/wfGKA6T6mt- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
Steve McCoy, Airport Operations Manager at Omaha Airport Authority, was talking to the media. The plan "landed safely at 14:02 clock" and then slipped off the end of the track. He said the crews would work to reopen the runway, which could happen "very soon". He said he could not be more specific.- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
McCoy said that 150 passengers and 6 crew members were on board. The plane is still at the end of the runway (from 4 pm). Crews evaluate the safety of other slopes.- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
"Airport crews have been working on the airfield since the beginning of this winter event and are handling runways for aircraft operations," McCoy said.- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
Sarah Smith was traveling with her husband Andy Lee and her three young children from Alamo, California for a birthday party of a niece. Like many passengers I talked to, she said the ordeal was mostly calm. "One could only say that one slides in the end and then something bumpy." pic.twitter.com/geXB2xK7yA- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
Philip Baris, 57, came from LA to the wedding of a friend friend. He had a window seat and knew the landing was not going right when he saw ice. "We came to an uneven stop." The plane had not ridden very fast when the slides took place. "Everyone was cool. The crew was cool. " pic.twitter.com/2uEiumzCKa- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019
I'm leaving now. Here is our story: https://t.co/8ZsHYTAnSy- Reece Ristau (@reecereports) 18 January 2019