Wash. airport closed after plane slides off taxiway

United Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at Spokane Airport
United Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at Spokane Airport

SEATTLE (Reuters) -- Spokane International Airport in Washington state was closed on Tuesday morning after a United Airlines 737 aircraft slid off a taxiway, airport officials said, but no injuries were reported.

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"The airport is temporarily closed while we take measures to assure adequate braking conditions have been established," officials said on Twitter. United Flight 812, bound for Denver, slid off the south end of the holding area of Taxiway A at about 6 a.m. PST, according to the officials.

Local media in Spokane said crews worked to return the aircraft to the taxiway. Icy conditions were making their task more difficult.

According to a reporter with a local TV channel at the scene, passengers were shuttled by bus from the plane about two hours after the incident.

United Airlines spokeswoman Karen May said 166 passengers and seven crew were on board the plane.

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May said airline and airport officials were preparing to fly passengers to Denver from Spokane later on Tuesday.

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