Update 9:00 a.m.: The small aircraft was removed from the runway late Tuesday night and all flights are back to normal.
Baton Rouge Metro Airport is diverting incoming flights for a few hours on Tuesday night after a small jet plane rolled off an airport runway and into a patch of muddy grass.
No one was injured when the jet plane’s brakes failed while taxiing on the way to takeoff and the plane came to a halt in nearby grass, said airport spokesman Jim Caldwell.
The plane didn’t halt in the path of any oncoming planes — but its resting point was still within a close enough distance to the runway to make landing other planes unsafe, Caldwell said.
Departures were unaffected, but three incoming flights were diverted and one was cancelled. Crews are working to pull the plane out of the mud by late Tuesday night.
Normally the closure of one runway wouldn?t affect airport traffic too severely, but the other runway happens to be closed for construction, Caldwell said.