Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Slides Off Wet Runway 13 Center

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 from Denver slid off the left edge of the end of Runway 13 Center at Midway International Airport around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. The aircraft rested in the grass about 150 feet from a wall near 63rd Street and Cicero Avenue. The nose of the aircraft was aimed at a White Castle drive-thru.


The two-engine jetliner, Flight 1919 from Denver, was carrying 134 passengers, including five babies, and five crew members, according to airline officials. No injuries were reported.

Runway 13 Center, was apparently covered with an unknown depth of water. The runway is the longest runway at Midway International Airport at 6,522 feet long.

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Area of Midway where Southwest jet ended up in the grass near Cicero and 63rd Street. The runway marking shows 31C, which is the same physical runway as 13C. When the aircraft land northwest to southeast, as Flight 1919 did, the runway is referred to as 13C. When aircraft land in the opposite direction, from southeast to northwest, the runway is referred to as Runway 31C. The opposite end of the runway, near Central Avenue and 55th Street, shows the 13C marking.