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 and buses to the terminal.
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.
Deanna Wurth, whose husband Matt was on the plane, told News 2 he said the plane landed hard and seemed to make a loud “thud,” feeling like they hit a hole.
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 Crewmembers 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.