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American flight goes off runway in Wyoming

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A passenger plane goes off runway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • No one on the American Airlines flight is injured
  • The aircraft had no reported damage

(CNN) -- An American Airlines 757 ran off a runway while landing Wednesday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but none of the 181 passengers and crew members on board were injured, officials said.

Flight 2253 from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport landed about 11:40 a.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) and came to a stop about 200 feet beyond the paved portion of the runway, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr. A photo showed heavy snow at the airport.

The plane remained on a hard surface, American spokesman Ed Martelle said.

Dorr said it was too early to comment on the cause as FAA and National Transportation Safety Board officials began their work investigating the incident.

The plane had no reported damage, according to a preliminary inspection, officials and American said.

Airport director Ray Bishop said flights on the facility's single runway would be suspended until the 757 was towed to the terminal.

Passengers and crew were taken by bus to the terminal, Dorr said.

"The passengers' spirits were good," said Martelle. Most will continue with plans to ski at nearby resorts, he said.

Bishop said the runway had been cleaned after heavy snowfall Tuesday night. Visibility was a mile-and-a-half at the time of the skid, he said.

A similar incident occurred at the airport about three to four months ago, Bishop said.

From CNN's Marina Landis, Deanna Proeller and Sally Holland contributed to this report.