Passengers on an American Eagle flight 5811 landing in Rochester, NY were left shaken after the airline said snowy conditions caused the plane to "exit the taxiway".

Airplane safety has lately been a hot button topic after an emergency exit door plug on an Alaska Airplanes flight recently detached mid-flight, leaving a gaping hole in the fuselage while the plane was roughly 16,000 feet in the air. Passengers in Rochester, NY shared photos and video of their own ordeal.

An American Airlines plane slid on snow and ice and "left the taxiway" in Rochester, NY
An American Airlines plane slid on snow and ice and "left the taxiway" in Rochester, NY (mltrickey via Twitter)

Plane Slides Off Runway in Rochester, NY

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured, with emergency crews in Rochester, NY responding quickly and assisting passengers with exiting the plane that found itself off the runway and sitting in the snowy lawn beyond.

Emergency Crews Respond to Plane in Rochester, NY

53 people, including three crew members, were all safely evacuated from the plane. Video (below) shows passengers exiting the plane's stairway, with snow seemingly covering both the paved runway and the grass where the plane eventually came to rest.



Dangerous Winter Weather in New York State

It seems like most of winter's snow and ice decided to wait until after the New Year to begin falling, and upcoming storms in New York will only complicate issues like proper plowing and salting. While massive runways present unique challenges for snow removal, New York homeowners are faced with their own set of problems.

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In the Hudson Valley, NY, 2024 snowfalls have seen countless mailboxes destroyed by well-meaning plows clearing local roads (find out if your town will replace your mailbox here), and many sidewalks still remain uncleared. With many weeks of winter still ahead, it's a safe bet that passengers on the American Eagle flight may stick close to home in the foreseeable future... maybe in this awesome local Airbnb below?

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