Passengers aboard a Delta flight preparing to depart from Kansas City, Mo., were forced to deplane after the plane’s nose wheel "dropped off" the "taxiway pavement" on Friday morning.
The aircraft, an Airbus 319, was taxiing toward the runway when the wheel exited the taxiway, a representative for the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) confirmed both on Twitter and in a statement to Fox News.
None of the 123 passengers or six crew members were injured.
“Delta A319 was taxiing from terminal, nose wheel dropped off TAXIWAY pavement,” tweeted Joe McBride, the marketing and communications manager for KCI, at 6:44 a.m. CST on Friday morning.
“No known injuries. Buses being brought out to remove passengers.”
Initial reports indicated that the aircraft had slid off the runway; McBride later clarified that this was not the case, despite the icy conditions.
McBride further confirmed that the airport had been temporarily shut down while crews applied de-icer, and not because of the Delta incident.
A representative for Delta Air Lines also confirmed the incident on Friday morning.
"In preparation for departure, the nosegear of Delta flight 1114 exited the taxiway. We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience and are working to reaccomodate them.”