CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT – An American Eagle Embraer ERJ-145 slid off the runway Monday morning at Chicago O’Hare International Airport due to snowy conditions and blustery winds. The extreme weather conditions led to many flight cancellations at O’Hare Airport and Chicago’s major airports.
All 38 passengers and 3 crew members were evacuated from the aircraft and are now safely in the terminal, American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein said to CNN. Flight AA4125 departed Monday morning at 6:16 AM (Eastern Time) from Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s unclear whether there were any injuries.
When the aircraft touched down and slid off the runway at 8:30 AM (ET), there was light snow with visibility of less than a mile, 30 mph wind gusts and a temperature of 23 Fahrenheit.
Many canceled flights
At 1 PM (ET), 90 flights heading to or leaving O’Hare and Midway International Airport were canceled due to weather conditions. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the third-busiest airport in the U.S. The airport is a hub of both American and United.
A winter weather advisory for parts of Chicago is issued by The National Weather Service until 3 p.m. ET.
American Eagle is the regional branch of American Airlines which operates short- and medium-haul feeder flights. In 2014 the company changed its name to Envoy Air Inc., but American Eagle continues to live on as a brand, as well as livery for Envoy-operated and third party-operated regional flights.
Together with Piedmont Airlines and PSA Airlines, American Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group.