NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Southwest airplane went off the runway at the Nashville International Airport after landing Tuesday evening.
The Federal Aviation Administration told News 2 the Boeing 737 rolled off the taxiway into the grass and got stuck while taxiing to it’s gate around 5:30 p.m.
Passengers were let off the plane via stairs, the FAA says, and bused to the terminal. The emergency slide was also deployed.
Eight people were taken to TriStar Summit Medical Center, treated and released later Tuesday evening. Details on their injuries have yet to be released.
According to the FAA, the flight was coming from Houston Hobby Airport.
The plane stopped by the C concourse by Gate 19 near where most of the planes are de-iced. It appears a wheel either collapsed or a tire may have blown.
“We landed and we were coasting, and then we were bouncing up and down. Next thing you know, by the wing, it felt as if we were going to topple over,” said Reginald Smith Jr.
“What was great is that everyone was very quick making sure the elderly and people with disabilities were off the plane first,” Smith added.
Taylor Kennedy told News 2 it felt like a wheel was “gone or something.”
“When you land anyway, it’s rough, but it was a lot rougher than what it usually is, so you knew something wasn’t right,” she said.
Southwest sent the following statement regarding the incident: “At approximately 5:30 p.m. local time, Southwest Airlines flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville International Airport exited the taxiway shortly after arriving into Nashville, as the airplane was approaching the gate. The 133 passengers and five crew members were safely transported into the airport, and we are currently working to support their needs. The Safety of our Customers and Employees remains our primary focus.”
The Nashville International Airport responded as well, saying, “We responded to a ground emergency at approximately 5:20 p.m. CT adjacent to Taxiway Tango 4 involving Southwest Flight 31. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority emergency personnel responded to the ground emergency immediately. In addition, mutual aid partners from Metro Fire and Metro Emergency Management Services (EMS) responded. All runways are open and operational. There are currently no delays.”
The FAA arrived Tuesday night to investigate the cause.
Southwest Airlines plane in the ditch at BNA Nashville. Hope all is ok. pic.twitter.com/dithja9nFT
— Adam Brown (@spicybrown71) December 15, 2015