An unexpected incident occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight as it arrived at the Nashville International Airport shortly before evening on Tuesday.
According to Southwest Airlines, Flight 31, which was arriving, took off from the Houston Hobby Airport at 4 p.m. It arrived in Nashville, only to exit the taxiway after landing and making its approach to the arrival gate at around 5:20 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, a report from The Tennessean describes the stricken Boeing 737 plane as having rolled off the runway and into the grass. Southwest Flight 31 then found itself stuck in a ditch. Eight people were reportedly injured and transported using three ambulances to the TriStar Medical Center, according to Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas. It is not clear whether the injured were passengers or the crew of the said flight.
Southwest says there were 133 passengers aboard along with five crew members. Everyone had been safely evacuated off the plane and taken into the airport by bus. Photos of the scene reveal that the plane had deployed at least one of its emergency slides. Meanwhile, passengers of Flight 31 had reportedly suffered minor injuries such as bumps and bruises. In addition, there was one person reported to be suffering from chest pains after the incident.
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials has said that emergency crews and the fire department managed to immediately respond to the Southwest Airlines emergency. The incident continues to be under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.