Vikings’ plane slides into grass after safe landing in Wisconsin

12:31 AM ET

APPLETON, Wis. — Given how tumultuous the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 season has been, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that their final regular-season road trip came with another twist.

The Vikings’ plane skidded off the runway on a snowy night at Appleton International Airport and slid into the grass while taxiing after landing.

Everyone on the plane was fine. But players, coaches and team officials were stuck for several hours before fire officials at the scene used a truck’s extension ladder to help the team off the aircraft. The flight usually lasts an hour.

“This is very atypical,” Appleton International Airport director Abe Webber said.

The airport did not have portable stairs and boarding bridges could not be used because the plane was 200 yards or so from the terminal, Webber said. Passengers left the aircraft two at a time.

“We wanted to make sure the players were as safe as possible in deplaning,” Webber said.

A Vikings source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the plane landed relatively fine but skidded while taxiing.


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