Officials: No injuries reported after American Airlines plane veers off runway at Charlotte Douglas

CHARLOTTE — An airliner ran off a runway Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Douglas International Airport before safely taxing to its gate, officials said.

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Channel 9 learned that American Airlines Flight 775 was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L at about 2:40 p.m. when it veered off the runway and into the grass. The cause was possibly a mechanical issue, airport officials said.

The Boeing 737-800, carrying 174 passengers and six crew members, was heading to Miami, officials with the airport said.

Chopper 9 flew to the airport where the American Airlines passenger aircraft was parked at the gate. A couple of emergency vehicles were there too.

Skid marks could be seen on runway 18L and trench marks were left on the grass from the plane’s wheels. A few emergency vehicles were at the scene, as well.

The plane taxied to the gate using its own power and passengers were able to get off safely at the gate, airport officials said. No injuries were reported. The airport was making arrangements to get the passengers to Miami International Airport.

The runway has been temporarily closed, and the aircraft was taken out of service to be looked at.


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