Nobody gets injured as the plane landing in Omaha slips off the icy runway Omaha Metro

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.