You just have to love journalism. As long as you have the airport right it doesn't matter what you write! Good to hear it was only a taxiway though. Sliding off the runway is a little more serious..
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Looks to have been N24729. It's been a really bad day ice wise in northeast Ohio. I went out to my car this morning to find 1/8in of ice over it. Made for a lot of fun driving in those empty parking lots though...
Yes it does look slick. If you look at the photos provided by fox8, the window shot from the US E170 clearly shows that the taxiways had 1/4 clutter of slush, water, and patchy ice. Often times airports do a great job on the runways, but neglect the taxiways. You can slow to a reasonable taxi speed, take the high speed turnoff and its off to the races. I landed ORD 28 several years back in a moderate snowfall, slowed to a crawl to make the 90 turnoff at F, and had the tail weathervane and start spinning like a car. I got lucky and saved it only by releasing the brakes, turning the tiller into it, and cobbing the power to get her going straight. It happens quick and you have very little room to work with.
727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3801 times:
Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 14): At the airport where I control, our de-icing crews are busy with taxiways when they're not on the runway... In all my years I haven't had an aircraft slide off....
Notice I said often, not always. It seems that at airports with multiple runways when the precip is really coming down it is all they can do to keep the runways operational at the expense of the taxiways, though not always. I generally taxi at a snails pace when the surface is slick as the tiny tires just don't have the grip.