Delta Airlines plane ran off the taxiway and down an embankment at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, the busiest airport in the world.
Delta Air Lines spokesman Eric Torbenson says that two mechanics were testing the engines of the Boeing 737 when there was a problem with the planes braking system around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The plane ran off the end of a taxiway adjacent to Runway 26-L and over an embankment near the northeast corner of the airfield reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution news.
Delta Air Lines spokesman Eric Torbenson said the plane “sustained significant damage.”
According to the FlightAware flight tracking website the Delta Air lines plane had flown into Atlanta from southern California’s John Wayne Airport on Monday night. There were no passengers on the plane when it rolled off the taxiway at the Atlanta airport.
In a tweet posted by Delta, they said: “Around 5am a Boeing 737-700 left taxiway at ATL due to braking system issue during engine testing. No injuries; no pax on board.” Then added an update two hours later saying, “Update: Around 5am a B737-700 left taxiway at ATL during engine testing. No injuries; no pax on board. Working with FAA to investigate.”
Delta Air line spokesman Anthony Black said Tuesday that “the cause is undetermined and under investigation.” Runway 26-L was closed after the plane ran off the runway. At 9:30 a.m., flights were departing, but not arriving, on that runway.
According to FAA officals, the incident has had no impact on operations at Hartsfield airport for Tuesday. They say it may later when Delta tries to recover the plane with cranes.
This model of Delta plane, Boeing 737-700 can weigh around thirty tons, and could cost Delta Air Lines as much as $101.7 million if it has to be written off. Video below.