by Meghan Lane

COLUMBIA — Columbia Regional Airport officials said everyone was safe after a passenger plane veered of the runway Friday afternoon.

At 2:33 p.m., American Airlines flight 5766, with 80 passengers on board, was inbound to Columbia Regional Airport from Dallas-Fort Worth and landed safely at the airport.

While exiting the main runway though, the front gear left the pavement and the plane became stuck. Airport Public Safety responded to the plane and reported no injuries, and no fuel or fluid leaks.

The airport requested the Columbia Fire Department to send it’s bus to the airport to transport the passengers to the terminal. The airport said in a statement the FAA had been notified.

Because of the heavy snow Friday afternoon, Columbia Regional Airport was closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.