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Southwest Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at Nashville International Airport

December 17,2015 at 06:44 am

A Southwest Airlines jet reportedly ran off the runway at Nashville International Airport Tuesday night.

According to WKRN, the incident involved a 737 and occurred around 5:40 p.m. Photos show the plane resting in a bed of grass.

The weather at the time was unusually mild for December, with temperatures at 55 degrees and winds around 6 mph.

WKRN reports the cause was either a collapsed wheel or a blown out tire.

In a statement from Southwest Airlines, spokesman Brian Parrish stated, "Southwest Airlines flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville International Airport exited the taxiway shortly after arriving into Nashville, as the airplane was approaching the gate. The 133 passengers and five Crewmembers were safely transported into the airport, and we are currently working to support their needs."

Emergency and fire department crews were dispatched to the scene of the incident, where there were reports of injuries, reports The Tennessean. 

A Nashville Fire Department spokesman told the Tennessean that there were eight injuries reported - most with minor bumps and bruises and one suffering from chest pains. 

According to Brian Haas of the Nashville Fire Department, the eight injured were taken to TriStar Summit Medical Center. One passenger was given a pacemaker as a precaution.