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MISSOULA — A SkyWest flight slid off the runway at Missoula International Airport Tuesday morning while making its final turn for takeoff.

All passengers and crew members are safe and uninjured.

Airport director Cris Jensen said the SkyWest jet was taxing for takeoff when it slid off the pavement about 8 a.m.

One passenger said she felt the plane slide sideways and a slight bump. Then the pilot came on the intercom and said simply, “We slid off the runway.”

About an hour later, passengers were ferried to the terminal by bus. The plane was then towed back to the gate.

Jensen said mechanics will check the plane for its flightworthiness. The nose gear may have been damaged in the incident, he said.

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Jensen said Tuesday was the first time in his 10 years at the Missoula airport that the airport has been closed by a mishap. The airport has since reopened and other flights are scheduled for departure on time throughout the day.

The SkyWest passengers are waiting upstairs in the terminal, behind the security gates, for a determination on whether their flight will continue.

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