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Southwest Airlines Plane Rolls Off Nashville Taxiway

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    Southwest Airlines Jet Rolls Off Nashville Taxiway

    Officials say a plane has rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015)

    Southwest Airlines said it is working with officials in relation to a flight that rolled off a Nashville International Airport taxiway Tuesday night.

    The plane was en route to Nashville from Houston Hobby Airport.

    “At approximately 5:20pm local time, the plane exited the taxiway shortly after arriving into Nashville, as the airplane was approaching the arrival gate,” the Dallas-based airline said in a statement on its website.

     

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    Southwest said 133 passengers and five crew members were on-board the aircraft. Eight people were injured and transported to the hospital. Three people were evaluated and released, according to the airline. 

    "The safety of our customers and employees remains our primary focus," the airline said in a statement Tuesday evening.

    Federal Aviation Administration Spokesperson Lynn Lunsford released the following statement regarding the incident: 

    Southwest Airlines 31, a Boeing 737 aircraft, rolled off a taxiway into the grass and got stuck while taxiing to its gate at Nashville International Airport at 5:30 pm Central Time. Passengers left the aircraft via stairs and were bussed to the terminal. The flight just landed from Houston Hobby Airport. The FAA is investigating.