No injuries were reported Friday when a Southwest Airlines flight leaving Buffalo Niagara International Airport veered toward the edge of a taxiway as it encountered stiff winds.
C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said the problem developed around 1:30 p.m. just as wind speeds were clocked at 53 mph. While taxiing for takeoff, he said, Flight 2951 bound for Baltimore-Washington International Airport headed toward the edge of Taxiway A and then stopped to allow the crew to redirect the aircraft.
According to information supplied by Southwest, Hartmayer said the plane never left the pavement. He added that under its own power and also guided by a tug, the aircraft then proceeded back to the gate, was de-iced as a precaution, and departed for Baltimore at approximately 3:35 p.m.