Plane Runs Off Runway at Cleveland Airport

A commuter plane carrying about 75 people ran off the end of a runway and pierced a fence after landing at the Cleveland airport, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The flight, traveling from Atlanta to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, landed around 3 p.m., said Thonnia Lee, a spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines Inc. The flight was operated by Shuttle America, a Delta connection carrier, she said.

The cause was not yet known, airport spokeswoman Pat Smith said. It was snowing at the time, with visibility at about a quarter- to a half-mile, said Dan Leins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The Embraer 170 was carrying about 70 passengers and four crew members, officials said.

Smith said the plane skidded through an instrument array and went partially through the fence before coming to a stop more than 150 feet past the end of the runway. The engines were partially buried in snow and the tip of the plane's nose was resting on a roadway the airport uses to get to perimeter buildings, she said.

The airport was closed for about an hour and a half and some planes were diverted to other cities, Smith said, although she did not know how many. The runway that the plane ran off will be closed indefinitely, she said.

Another aircraft that landed on the runway about eight minutes before reported no braking problems, she said.