Prayer Request -- Jet slides off runway, boy killed
Including the Burbank, CA incident ... at first glance this is Southwest's first fatality. And right now I feel really sick. Not only for the boy, which is tragic ... but for the pilot and crew as well. I can't image what the parents and the crew will have to live through.
Please keep them all in your prayers.
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A Southwest Airlines Co. jet attempting to land at Chicago Midway Airport in heavy snow Thursday night slid off a runway and crashed through a fence into a busy street, hitting two vehicles and killing a 6-year-old boy, according to media reports.
Two of the 98 passengers on the Southwest flight suffered minor injuries, and as many as eight other people in the vehicles were taken to local hospitals, according to media reports.
The flight originated in Baltimore and was bound for Las Vegas after stopping in Chicago.
The airport was closed indefinitely after the accident, which occurred about 7:15 p.m. Central in heavy snow.
Midway, Chicago's second-largest after O-Hare International, had reported 7 inches of snow Thursday, but airport officials said runways were open and conditions acceptable at the time of the accident, according to media reports.
The Southwest Boeing 737 slid through the northwest corner of the airport, through the boundary fence and into a road bordering the airport, the Associated Press reported, citing the Federal Aviation Administration's regional office in Chicago.
At least two vehicles were damaged, and one was pinned under the plane, the AP said.
National Transportation Safety Board and FAA officials from Washington were on their way to Chicago to investigate.
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