Plane Slides Off O'Hare Runway

Snow and ice have caused hundreds of Chicago flights to be canceled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2019 4:00 PM CST
Cancellations, Slippery Runway Affect O'Hare
Commuters wait to board a Metra train Monday in Naperville, Illinois.   (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Snowfall in the Midwest is taking its toll on air travel in Chicago, as one plane trying to land at O'Hare International Airport slid off the runway on Monday. The city's aviation department says more than 440 flights in and out of the airport have been canceled, the AP reports. None of the 38 passengers and three crew members aboard an Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, was hurt when the plane slid off the runway at about 7:45am. Light snow was falling at the time, per CNN, and visibility was less than a mile.

Besides the flights canceled at O'Hare, snow and ice have forced airlines to cancel more than 90 flights at Chicago's Midway International Airport. The National Weather Service expects as much as 6 inches of snow in Illinois and up to 10 inches in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. After the snow stops, the cold will remain, per the AP: Tuesday's forecast high of 21 for Chicago is 7 degrees lower than the record.

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