Politician, Ball Player on Plane That had Slippery Landing

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former Sen. Kit Bond and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright are among those counting their blessings after a slippery landing at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

The two were among about 140 passengers on a Delta Air Lines jet that slid off the runway while landing in a snowstorm Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt.

The plane arrived from Atlanta. Bond told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it veered sharply to the left. The Missouri Republican, who did not seek re-election in 2010, praised the pilot for maneuvering the plane onto an adjacent runway.

Bond was arriving to visit his first grandchild, born last month. Wainwright, who is out for the season after elbow surgery, was coming back from spring training for an appointment with a rehabilitation coordinator.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  • county business flyer

    i was on the flight and found it extremely disturbing that no emergency responders like police or fire crews were called up or seen anywhere during or after the incident to check on passengers or inspect safety issues on the aircraft.

  • wellston belle

    the reason there were no airfield emergency workers dispatched to the accident is because it would have been bad publicity for the city of st louis & the new airport director, it could seriously hurt the chances of st louis getting the china hub since lambert officials did such a poor job of clearing runways from this suprise springtime snowstorm.

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