An American Airlines 737-800 ran off the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on Thursday in Charlotte before safely taxiing to the gate. What could have caused this incident to happen?
American Airlines 737-800 Veers Off Runway At CLT
The incident occurred at 2:45PM local time on Thursday, May 19. American Airlines Flight 775, bound for Miami (MIA), was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L, but instead of taking off it ran off the runway.
Skid marks on the runway and trench marks on the grass were visible after the incident, but all 174 passengers and six crew members onboard were safe.
After the failed takeoff, the plane taxied back to the gate (using its own power) and passengers safely disembarked. The plane taken out of service and runway 18L was temporary closed, as a precautionary measure. A new plane was located to transport the passengers to Miami, arriving at 7:48PM, nearly three hours behind schedule.
American Airlines noted the issue was mechanical in nature, but offered no further statement on the incident, with Charlotte Airport simply confirming the facts above.
I’ve seen all sorts of media reports about this, but none speculating about what happened. Even the dependable Aviation Herald has not yet published anything on the incident.
What do you suppose happened? What may have happened to cause the 737-800 to veer off the runway?
I’d welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.
image: Richard Silagi