Jet slides on Illinois airport’s taxiway in wintry weather

Chicago News USA

Updated 8:17 am PST, Sunday, January 19, 2020

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — A mix of icy conditions and high wind contributed to a jet sliding along a western Illinois airport’s taxiway on Saturday, officials said.

No injuries were reported when a Delta jet carrying 50 passengers slid at Quad City International Airport in Moline. The jet was bound for Detroit.

Airport spokeswoman Ashleigh Johnston said the airport closed Friday just before 3 p.m. and reopened Saturday after 10 a.m. Crews were working to keep runways and taxiways clear of ice and snow, when temperatures dropped and created icy conditions. Wind gusts at the airports were measured at 51 mph.

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