Plane rolls into grass at DIA

9NEWS @ 9. 9/18/2016

DENVER - No injures are reported after a plane went off the runway at Denver International Airport on Sunday.

According to a passenger on United flight 296 headed to Reno, the plane's brakes went out, sending the aircraft onto the grass.

"We had departed from the gate and were just doing the usual drive down the runway before you take off and all the sudden the engines roared really loud which is pretty normal for when you're taking off, except we were slowing down," passenger Mike Higdon told 9NEWS by phone.  "And all the sudden the airplane stopped really suddenly."

The pilot explained to passengers that as the plane pulled toward the runway, the brakes wouldn't work and he did emergency reverse engines to stop it from going into ditch. It happened as the plane was taxiing before takeoff around 7:05 p.m.

The passenger, a newspaper reporter based in Reno, told 9NEWS emergency vehicles are going to tow the plane out of the grass. Buses arrived and took the passengers back to their gate.

"We left through the rear down the steps and onto the bus and they took us back to the original gate that we started," said Higdon. "It was the rear emergency exit but it wasn't the slide unfortunately everyone was kind of disappointed we all wanted to slide."

A spokesperson for DIA told 9NEWS all passengers are getting off the plane and are fine. 

"Oddly enough the reaction was people laughing," Higdon told 9NEWS.  "I guess you don't know how else to react. No one was injured and everyone was wearing their seatbelt so I guess the best reaction is , so our airplanes in a ditch huh?"

9NEWS has a crew headed to the scene and will update this story as more information is available. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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