Plane carrying over 100 passengers ends in the grass amid freezing drizzle

Chaffin Mitchell

More than 100 passengers were in for a surprise when they boarded a Delta plane headed to Atlanta on Saturday morning.

The plane that was supposed to take off from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport in Brown County, Wisconsin, slid off of the taxiway as it was making its way from the terminal to the runway for takeoff.

Conditions were icy at the time of the incident, but the Green Bay Gazette reported that airport director Marty Piette said he can't be sure if that's what caused the plane to slide off the taxiway. He said airport staff was aware of the icy conditions and treated the taxiway with sand and alerted pilots of the icy and slippery conditions.

"A very brief period of freezing drizzle occurred last night between the 2-3 a.m. CST time frame that was enough to cause icy conditions in the area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

Passengers got off the plane and were bused back to the terminal to make new flight arrangements. The Delta plane was stuck in the grass for at least four hours, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the aircraft.

Airport Director Marty Piette told WBAY no one was hurt, and the airport is looking into whether freezing drizzle was the cause.