Icy surfaces may have contributed to a Delta 717 sliding off the runway at Green Bay Austin Straubel Airport (GRB) on Saturday.
Pictured above: a Delta Air Lines 717 is seen during wintery conditions in Fargo, ND (FAR)
Delta 1770 was scheduled to depart GRB at 5:35 AM for a trip to Atlanta.
“We noticed [the plane] was going pretty fast around the corner and slid a little bit,” passenger Jake Liebergen told WBAY. “And out of our window we saw snow coming and before we knew it, we were right in the snow and the plane tipped.”
Freezing Drizzle was reported around the time the plane slid off. https://t.co/N0Bm0SEs0T
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Fox 11 reports 107 passengers were aboard the flight. No injuries were reported. Delta says passengers were deplaned, boarded buses back to the terminal, and reaccommodated on other flights.
WBAY says freezing drizzle was present Saturday morning and “caused several crashes” (we assume they mean automobiles).
A Costly Slip for Some Passengers?
A few passengers were trying to escape the cold weather when DL1770 slid off the taxiway. One couple was on en route to their wedding.
Another traveler, Jeff Tilkens was with a buddy and heading to Nicaragua. “We ended up paying $288 for hotels that we shouldn’t have had to pay for and were [sic?] missing a day of vacation,” he said.
I found that rather interesting.
That sounds — to me, at least — as though Delta is chalking this up to weather issue and won’t assume any responsibility.
So what’s the lesson here?
The hotel (and any other delay-related) costs would likely have been covered by travel insurance. A credit card offering trip interruption benefits (such as Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred) that paid for even a portion of the trip would likely reimburse those expenses, too.
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