HOUSTON - Passengers on one flight out of Hobby Airport did not make it to their destination on-time because their plane rolled off a runway before it got off the ground.
The incident involving Delta Connection flight 4302, headed to Atlanta, happened around 7 a.m. Monday. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported that he was having communication problems and tried to return to the gate.
The pilot turned the plane around, ran off the tarmac and went onto the grass, investigators said.
"We just woke up to jolts and they told us that our plane was stuck in the grass," a passenger said.
"All of the sudden there was an overly abrupt stop and a couple of minutes later the pilot came on and let us know we had gotten stuck, we're going to have to de-board the plane," another passenger said.
Delta spokesman Joe Williams said the Delta Connection flight, a Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft operated by Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., was carrying 76 passengers and a crew of four. They got off the plane on the tarmac and were bussed back to the terminal.
Houston Airport System spokeswoman Darian Ward said the incident didn't affect other flights, although Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said an airport runway was temporarily closed.
Emergency crews said they will tow the plane back to the gate to have it checked out.
No injuries were reported.
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