View Full Version : UAL off Runway in SFF

5th Jan 2016, 14:45
Apparently the airport is closed...


Yep - it's KGEG...

5th Jan 2016, 14:59
Looks well "off-piste" :*

5th Jan 2016, 15:01
Are you sure it's not KGEG?

5th Jan 2016, 15:06
Indeed. SFF is Felts Field, general aviation field east of Spokane.

5th Jan 2016, 15:09
Breaking: Spokane Airport is closed due to icy conditions; Unite - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com (http://www.khq.com/story/30887577/breaking-spokane-airport-is-closed-due-to-icy-conditions-united-flight-812-slides-off-runway)

5th Jan 2016, 15:13
!geg 01/211 geg ad ap clsd 1601051544-1601051642

!geg 01/210 geg twy c2, h, k, j, d, twy c btn apch end rwy 7 and
twy a ficon patchy ice observed at 1601051056. 1601051056-1601061056

5th Jan 2016, 15:59
And, just to be clear, it looks like UA 812, GEG-DEN, slid off taxiway A, not the runway. They were planning to depart runway 3.

FedEx 1476, an MD-10, reported good braking action on the runway, taxiways slippery after landing a short time earlier.

5th Jan 2016, 17:15
Living near GEG, we had a massive change in WX overnight, temps went from 0F to 0C with early a.m. rain after a week of snow, would imagine RWYs 21 and 3 there got greasy in a hurry. Glad nobody hurt.

5th Jan 2016, 18:51
Some pictures and a nice pax interview in this news story, sounds like the United crew and staff handled things well:

Plane slides off taxiway at Spokane Airport (http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2016/01/05/plane-slides-off-runway-at-spokane-airport/78297952/)

From the marks in the snow, looks like the aircraft slid sideways into the snow bank, hopefully no damage.

And speaking of B-737's going sideways on the ground, here's some PPRuNe discussion of why they sometimes seem to taxi with a crab: