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Continental Jets In Kansas City And Houston Slip Off Runways

September 29, 1987

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The nose wheels of a Continental Airlines jet slid off a wet runway here hours before another jet of the same airline got stuck in mud in Houston. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Flight 1160, from Denver, had just landed at Kansas City International Airport with 54 people on board Monday afternoon.

The Boeing 727-200 was taxiing to a terminal when the wheels slipped onto the grass when the pilot began making a turn on wet pavement, said Gary Everett, the airport supervisor for Continental Airlines.

The plane’s main landing gear rolled to the edge of the asphalt, some of which buckled under the weight of the aircraft, he said.

″According to the pilot’s report, he began turning and he felt the anti- skid give (out),″ Everett said.

The anti-skid device keeps the aircraft on a straight course while the brakes are applied. The plane was taken out of service for inspection.

Passengers left the aircraft on a stairway lowered from the rear of the plane and were taken to the terminal by bus, Everett said.

In Houston, part of the landing gear of Continental Flight 909, en route to Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, slipped off a taxiway and became embedded in mud while the plane was preparing for takeoff from Hobby Airport.

No injuries were reported among the 33 passengers in the Boeing 727, said Bill Ainsworth, Houston’s aviation department spokesman.

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