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WestJet plane gets stuck in snowbank

Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM   |   Comments

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A WestJet Boeing 737-700 slipped off the tarmac at Kelowna Airport in Canada Monday morning during a snowstorm, officials said.

No injuries were reported among the 134 passengers aboard Flight 150 when it got stuck in a snowbank about 8 a.m., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The incident occurred just before it was to be de-iced prior to takeoff for Edmonton, Alberta.

WestJet said in a statement posted on Facebook that the aircraft's nose wheel and two main gear wheels on the right side slid off the apron.

The passengers were put on alternate flights and the plane was to undergo a maintenance check to determine if any damage occurred, the CBC said.

WestJet said at least four flights at the airport were canceled because of the storm.

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