American Airlines flight skids off Jackson Hole runway

SALMON, Idaho (BestGrowthStock) – An American Airlines jet arriving from Chicago skidded off the runway and into a snow bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming late on Wednesday morning, airport officials said.

None of 181 people aboard the aircraft were injured and the plane was not damaged but the accident caused the Jackson Hole Airport to close for two hours, airport director Ray Bishop said.

The plane went nose-first into the snow bank.

Bishop told Reuters weather could not account for the accident, which happened near noon. He said there was light snow falling at the time and visibility was 1.5 miles.

“We had good braking and the runway was in reasonable shape — not great, but good,” he said.

Airport officials used bulldozers and snowplows to dig out the plane and temporarily diverted incoming jets — including a United Airlines plane from Chicago and American flights from Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City — to nearby airports in Idaho and Montana.

Bishop said passengers and crew seemed in good, even festive, spirits despite the mishap, with some transmitting details and images of the accident over their cell phones.

The airport is north of the exclusive resort town of Jackson, known for its world-class skiing and a favored destination of the rich and famous.

Located in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming, the Jackson Hole Airport is the busiest in the state with 600,000 travelers per year.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)

American Airlines flight skids off Jackson Hole runway