Southwest Airlines jet slides off taxiway at DIA after landing

Boeing 737 was arriving from Oakland

DENVER - A Southwest Airlines jet slid off a taxiway at Denver International Airport Saturday evening.

Flight 1905 from Oakland, Calif., went off a taxiway just before 5 p.m.

No injuries were reported among the 125 passengers and five crew members. 

Passenger Brad Harris said the jet had just landed and was turning onto a taxiway when it hit a patch of ice and two of the three landing gears went off the pavement.

"Then as we started to turn onto the runway taxiway the plane I guess hit a patch of ice, started sliding," he said. "The pilot hit the engine I guess to stop the plane or slow the plane down, so there is engine noise as the plane is trying to stop. And then the front wheels and then the rear wheels then just slid off the runway and into the grass."

Photos taken by Harris showed Denver firefighters on the scene, helping escort passengers off the plane.

Passengers were bused to the terminal from the jet.

There was about an inch of snow on the ground at the time and snow continued to fall as passengers got off the plane via a rear exit.

Airport spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone said airport operations were still normal after the mishap.

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