Southwest Flight 4695 bound for Tampa skids off taxiway in NYC

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  • This Southwest Airline Boeing 737 went off the taxiway at Long Island MacArthur airport on Dec. 27, 2012. (credit: Image via CBS 2)
  • This Southwest Airline Boeing 737 went off the taxiway at Long Island MacArthur airport on Dec. 27, 2012. (credit: Image courtesy NEWS12 via CNN)


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A Southwest Airlines jet has gone off the taxiway at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Southwest flight 4695 had 129 passengers aboard, the Federal Aviation Administration said. There are no reports of injuries.

The Boeing 737 jet was on the taxiway and apparently mis-negotiated a turn at around 7 a.m. The plane entered a grassy area and got stuck in the mud.

"We skidded a little bit and it was a little herky-jerky and the pilot got on and said something like, 'We overshot the runway,'" passenger Michael Savino told our news partner CBS 2 in New York.

"It was bumpy, like we were in a car accident it felt like," passenger Ben Rizzitello.

A mobile stairway was brought to the jet and passengers were taken off the plane, which was bound for Tampa International Airport in Florida.

Most of the passengers were re-booked on a 12:30 p.m. flight, Brown reported.

"I'm frustrated," passenger Michael Simon said. "My aunt is in the hospital on life support so I'm going down to see her and say goodbye."

The plane will be lifted and towed back to the hangar, the FAA said. Crews have been trying to use shovels to dig the wheels out of the mud.

It's not clear if Wednesday night's storm played a role in the accident.

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