VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton International Airport has reopened after being temporarily shut down due to a plane veering off the runway Wednesday evening.
According to Ohio State Patrol Dayton Post, 42 passengers and 3 crew members were aboard the plane, United Airlines Flight 3818, when the plane skidded off the runway after 7 p.m., taking out a sign and a couple of taxiway lights. The flight was coming from Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C.
According to DIA officials, the plane was still at landing speed when it clipped a sign with the left wing, damaging both. No passengers or crew members were injured in the incident.
Passengers of the flight have disembarked on shuttle buses, according to a spokesperson at Dayton International. Some passengers spoke to 2 NEWS who say while the plane was skidding off the runway, staff and passengers remained calm.
“I looked out my window and just saw grass which is pretty unusual,” said passenger John. “You could feel when the breaks hit and then caught, and just felt the plane go sideways.”
Three to four flights were delayed while the airport worked to resolve the incident. Airport officials said that all hands were on deck when the alert went out, and all fire equipment was brought to the damaged plane per policy.
With all the available fire equipment taken up by this incident, the airport could not allow any other flights to land, so the airport shut down temporarily. Dayton International Airport reopened later Wednesday night.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the airport to investigate, aided by the Dayton International Airport Police Department, Vandalia Police, Dayton International Airport Fire Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The damaged aircraft has been removed from use and is currently being held in a maintenance hangar.