Ice Sends Jet Sliding Off Missoula Airport Runway


While much of the Treasure Valley has been experiencing significant rainfall in the past several days, the region's higher elevations continue to be inundated with ice and snow. Case in point: the Missoula (Mont.) International Airport, where a SkyWest Airlines flight slid off the runway March 4.

This morning's Missoulian reports that the Salt Lake City-bound flight left the airport's departure gate on time, but minutes later, it skidded on a sheet of ice and got stuck in a snowbank. The National Weather Service reported that freezing fog was hanging over the airfield at the time.

Missoula needed to suspend all inbound and outbound flights for most of Tuesday morning, as crews extracted the jet from the snowbank. SkyWest officials said none of the passengers was hurt or required medical attention.