Southwest Airlines jet gets stuck in mud at MacArthur Airport

Posted: 2:02 PM, Dec 27, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-27 19:58:30-05

No one was injured in the Southwest Airlines mishap at MacArthur Airport. (file photo)

A car stuck in the mud is always a problem, but a plane stuck in the mud is an even bigger one.

That is what passengers on Southwest Flight 4695 experienced Thursday morning when their plane slid off the runway and into the mud at Long Island’s MacArthur Airport.

The Tampa-bound flight was scheduled to depart at 6:15 a.m. According the Federal Aviation Administration, as the plane turned onto the taxiway, it swung out off the tarmac into the grass.

FAA investigators are looking into whether the flight crew misjudged the turn or a mechanical error was involved.

No one was injured and authorities deplaned the passengers after the incident.

The flight had been scheduled to arrive in Tampa at 8:51 a.m. Southwest said passengers would reach their destination by 5p.m.