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Midway Runway Accident: Southwest Flight Careens Off Tarmac In Rain, None Hurt (VIDEO)

04/26/2011 05:36 pm ET | Updated Jun 26, 2011

Heavy rainfall in the Chicago area caused a scare -- but no injuries -- for the 134 passengers and crew aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1919 on Tuesday.

The flight circled over central Illinois several times, waiting out the severe weather, according to NBC Chicago. Finally, it came in for a landing on runway 13 Center at Chicago's Midway Airport, the airport's longest landing strip, at around 1:35 p.m. Central Time.

At the end of the runway, though, the airplane slid off and careened into the grass. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Boeing 737-700 came to rest about 150 feet from the wall separating the airport from nearby 63rd Street, lined with cars and businesses.

A Fire Department spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times that of the passengers and crew, including several babies, no one was reporting injuries and no one was taken to the hospital.

Passengers were taken off the plane, and 13 Center was closed, but the airport otherwise continued to operate.

In 2005, a 6-year-old boy was killed when a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the runway at Midway Airport, broke through a barrier fence and came to rest at the intersection of 55th Street and Central Avenue. The boy and his family were stopped in traffic when the plane hit their vehicle.

Watch video from the scene of the accident, courtesy of NBC Chicago:

View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.

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