December 24, 2016 07:28 AM
After a snowy landing in Appleton, Wisconsin, Friday evening, the Minnesota Vikings team plane skidded off the runway and became stuck when one of the plane's wheels sank into the soft turf. Players and team staff were all safe but remained stuck on the plane as airport personnel worked to figure out a way for them to disembark.
UPDATE (10:48 p.m.): Firefighters, using a ladder truck from the town of Menasha, helped passengers off the plane. The process was slowas the basket atop the truck ladder could only lower two people at a time to the tarmac. The process began around 9:30 p.m. and took nearly two hours to complete. Equipment staff disembarked first, followed by Vikings coaches, then players and support staff. The team loaded onto buses and headed to the team's hotel in Appleton.
KSTP Sports' Chris Long viewed a video Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris posted to Snapchat showing the right side of the plane off the runway. Poor weather was visible out the window, along with a flurry of activity involving airport vehicles and crew.
The Vikings Twitter account confirmed the story, saying the team was still stuck on the plane at 7:12 p.m. "While taxiing after a safe landing, the team plane slid off the runway and became stuck. We are waiting patiently to exit the plane," it said.
The Appleton airport's twitter account (@ATWAirport) also posted information. Their tweet read, "Approx 6:30pm Delta #8867 carrying Minnesota Vikings team had a rear wheel leave the taxiway en route to arrival gate. The flight landed safely. No injuries reported. Airport personnel now working to get people off the aircraft."
The Vikings were landing in Wisconsin ahead of Saturday's game in Green Bay. The team customarily stays in Appleton for road games against the Packers.
Updated: December 24, 2016 07:28 AM
Created: December 23, 2016 07:43 PM
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