Boy killed in car as jetliner skids into street
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It got really bumpy – and then a big crashing sound,” passenger Katie Duda told WMAQ-TV. The next thing she knew, the airplane had skidded past the airport and into the street, she said. “Everyone was very calm. Everyone around me seemed very OK,” she said. The passengers used inflatable slides to get out of the plane in the blowing snow. Midway was closed after the crash, and Abrams said she did not know when it would reopen. The Boeing 737 slid through the northwest corner of the airport, through the boundary fence and into the road, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s regional office in Chicago. CHICAGO – A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow slipped off a runway, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it. A 6-year-old boy in one of the vehicles was killed, authorities said. He was among eight people hurt on the ground. Two passengers on the plane suffered minor injuries, Aviation Department spokeswoman Wendy Abrams said. Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 from Baltimore was landing at Midway International Airport with 90 passengers aboard. The airport reported 7 inches of snow Thursday, but Abrams said runway conditions at the time were acceptable. The nose of the plane was crushed in the 7:15 p.m. crash and a severely damaged engine was on the ground, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. Midway, Chicago’s second largest after O’Hare International, is closely bordered by streets lined with homes and businesses. It serves more than 17 million travelers a year, many of them on Southwest. A Southwest Airlines spokesman had no immediate information about the crash. Southwest flies an all-737 fleet with more than 400 aircraft. Standard procedure calls for pilots to be tested immediately after a crash for alcohol in their blood, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in Washington, D.C. National Transportation Safety Board and FAA officials from Washington were on their way to Chicago to investigate. While Abrams was confident runway conditions were not to blame, James Burnett, a former NTSB chairman, said investigators would likely focus on the weather. “When you’re looking at a runway overrun, it almost always involves a runway condition that’s improper,” Burnett told WFLD-TV. “But that’s not the only thing.” Snow caused troubles for travelers across the Midwest on Thursday, with as much as 10 inches on the ground in some areas. The incident occurred 33 years to the day after a crash at Midway that killed 45 people, two of them on the ground. In that crash, a United Airlines jet struck tree branches about a mile from the airport and then hit the roofs of a number of bungalows before plowing into a home and bursting into flames. Eighteen passengers survived. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!