Jet Skids Off Chicago Runway Into Cars, Killing 6-Year-Old

Jet Skids Off Chicago Runway Into Cars, Killing 6-Year-Old (external - login to view)

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CHICAGO, Dec. 8 (AP) - A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow skidded off a runway Thursday evening, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it.

A 6-year-old boy in one of the vehicles was killed, the authorities said. About eight people hurt on the ground, and two passengers on the plane suffered minor injuries, said a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, Wendy Abrams.

The jetliner, Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 from Baltimore, was landing at Midway International Airport with 98 passengers and five crew members when the 7:15 p.m. accident occurred. The airport reported 7 inches of snow Thursday, but Ms. Abrams said runway conditions at the time were acceptable. [end teaser]

Terrible thing to happen. That poor kid and his family. My condolences to them.
Plane crash leaves neighborhood horrified (external - login to view)

A teaser:

CHICAGO -- Little Joshua Woods was singing along to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" as his family's car passed Midway Airport on the way to visit his grandparents.

In an instant, the vehicle was filled with a deafening roar that grew louder as a jetliner skidded off a runway in a snowstorm and into the busy street. The Southwest Airlines plane struck two cars, killing the 6-year-old boy, and injuring at least 10 others Thursday night.

The plane crushed the Woods' car. The boy's father "looked out and saw a turbine engine turning right outside his window," Ronald Stearney Jr., the attorney for the family, said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. [/end teaser]

So sad.

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