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Old 5th Jan 2016, 14:45
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UAL off Runway in SFF

Apparently the airport is closed...

https://twitter.com/airlivenet/statu...402433?lang=en

Yep - it's KGEG...

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Looks well "off-piste"
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Are you sure it's not KGEG?
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Indeed. SFF is Felts Field, general aviation field east of Spokane.
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Breaking: Spokane Airport is closed due to icy conditions; Unite - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com
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KGEG

!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
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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.
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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.
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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

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:

http://www.pprune.org/tech-log/18831...ng-ground.html
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