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Plane bound for MSP diverted, slides off runway in Green Bay

Just after 3 a.m., United Flight 878 ran off the runway, forcing the airport fire department to come in and get people off the plane.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A plane headed for MSP International Airport was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Green Bay and slid off the runway early Friday morning, passengers said.

It happened just after 3 a.m. at Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport. The airport fire department was forced to come in and get people off the plane.

United Flight 878 took off from Houston and was first diverted to Madison. It took off from Madison just after 1:15, and after circling Minneapolis several times, the pilots came to Green Bay to try and land.

KARE 11 viewer Mike Henderson sent a video showing passengers getting off the plane on the runway. They were then loaded into buses.

No one was hurt.

United Airlines gave the following statement to our sister station KHOU in Houston Friday morning:

Severe weather caused UA878 operating from Houston to Minneapolis to divert to Madison, WI. The flight took off from Madison; however, severe weather again caused a diversion to Green Bay, WI where it left the runway. There were no injuries and we have arranged transportation for passengers from the aircraft to the airport terminal. We apologize to our customers and have provided hotel accommodations.

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