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No injuries after plane slides off icy Spokane, Wash., runway

By Ed Adamczyk
No injuries after plane slides off icy Spokane, Wash., runway
A United Airlines Boeing 737 similar to the one pictured slid off the icy runway Tuesday at Spokane, Wash., International Airport, temporarily closing the airport. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The icy airport at Spokane, Wash., closed Tuesday morning after United Airlines Flight 812 slid off a runway and struck a snowbank.

No injuries were reported among the 130 passengers on board the Boeing 737, which remained off the runway after evacuations.

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There also was no damage reported to the aircraft, which was en route to Denver.

After the incident occurred, at 6 a.m., the airport announced a temporary closure until it could ensure adequate braking conditions on its runways.

The closure delayed or canceled the departures of several dozen flights.

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