Vikings plane slides off runway in Wisconsin while taxiing

The bizarre, upside-down football season in Minnesota continues.

The Vikings’ plane slid off the runway at the airport in Appleton, Wisconsin. According to the team’s Twitter account, the plane landed safely but then slid off the runway and got stuck.

“We are waiting patiently to exit the plane,” the team said an hour ago. Paul Allen of KFAN, the voice of the Vikings and the cohost of the PA and Florio podcast, texted moments ago that the plane is still stuck. He added that he has “no idea” when the plane will become unstuck.

“We’ve been on the plane for almost five hours,” Allen said. “The flight was 48 minutes.”

The Vikings face the Packers at Lambeau Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

107 responses to “Vikings plane slides off runway in Wisconsin while taxiing

  1. Nobody hurt, but laundry expected to be tricky.

    More incompetence courtesy of the bumbling idiots in MN.

    Santa Claus sure did a number on Viking fans this year.

  2. I bet Ted Wells will come to the conclusion that Tom Brady was generally aware of the icy conditions on the runway. Roger Goodell will punish the Patriots by banning them from all NFL Drafts.

  3. Oh man, Filthy will be excited. It’s Christmas time and someone from Minnesota might have gotten hurt or even died (fortunately not though).

    He will certainly relish this happening to a Minnesota team even though it occurred in Wisconsin (don’t confuse with facts).

    We will hear about bridge collapses and plane crashes. Watch and see.

  4. Players dropping like flies all season, Zimmer misses a game because of eye issues and now their plane falls off a runway. One crazy jinxed franchise. They’ll probably all get food poisoning at breakfast tomorrow.

  5. The plane skidded wide left — seriously.

    And only in damn Appleton WI would an airport lack sufficient equipment to deplane passengers from a 21st century jet, not to mention keep a runway free of ice and snow.

  6. To be honest this team slid of the football runway 7 wks. ago and has been stuck more then 5 hrs. Mr. Paul Allen…

  7. A metaphor for the season 🙁 The only thing that coulda been more appropriate is if they’d taken a train and it had derailed.

    On the bright side, Bradford didn’t do enough to really set himself apart from Bridgewater so they shouldn’t have a QB controversy next year.

  8. The culmination to a season to forget.

    Hopefully everyone is o.k. and will be able to give 100% tomorrow.Then again, being stuck on a plane with Paul Allen for 5 hours can make anyone go nuts.

  9. Perfect. When they left Minnesota, no one thought it was strange that Zimmer was the pilot and Bradford served as copilot. In retrospect however, that may have not been the best idea.

  10. Is sitting in the plane any worse than having to stay at the local motels they have in that area?

  11. What a poor job by third world Appleton Airport. Why does the league put player safety at risk by playing in a small town like this?

  12. When getting off the plane and asked for comment, the Vikings said “the refs did this”

    Glad everyone made it safe, good luck tomorrow vikings and their fans.

  13. My flight slid off the runway during freezing temps in Denver about 10 years ago. That was very scary. Glad everyone’s OK. I suspect the equipment guys will have to put in extra time cleaning the clothes and undergarments of people on the plane.

  14. It’s kind of like the runway quit with a few minutes still needed to go. Fitting that happens in WI. What’s the name of the airport, Playoff Field?

  15. My favorite game of the year is the Vikings at Green Bay. I don’t watch Packer games so this is the only time I get to see Packer home games. Seeing the shots of the stands is like watching a real time Gong Show.

  16. Seriously, though, as a lifelong Vikings fan, this incident does not surprise me. I am a fan of a team that is always good, but never good enough, and this plane incident just proves without the shadow of a doubt that this team is snake bit. Somehow, some way. If its going to happen, it will happen to the Vikings. They will always be the butt end of some other team’s joke. They will forever be the team that is the lowlight of another team’s highlight. Yet, I am a Vikings fan, and will always be a Vikings fan. I, like many other fans, always look forward to the next game, regardless of how the last one turned out. Brady rocks. Rodgers seems to find a way out of the poo. Eli and Big Ben have two. Aside from Pats fans, I think we are all, relatively speaking, in the same boat.

  17. It’s the Sam Bradford factor, wherever he goes bad things happen. Drafted#1 overall by the Rams, no winning seasons and he blows out his knee twice. Traded to a 10 win Eagles team they go 5-11 and the team becomes decimated with injury’s and the coach gets fired. He gets traded to the 12 win Vikes team for a #1 pick and he is not there 5 minutes, Peterson goes down, the team becomes decimated with injury’s,they go into a tails spin of losing started off by getting crush by his former team Eagles, Zimmer gets hospitalized, and now the plane nearly crashes. Cut him before it gets worse.

  18. shaggytoodle says:
    Dec 24, 2016 12:18 AM
    When getting off the plane and asked for comment, the Vikings said “the refs did this”

    Glad everyone made it safe, good luck tomorrow vikings and their fans.
    ———————–
    The best and by far the most accurate comment on this story.

  19. With all the money the Vikings saved on not having to buy a trophy case, you would think they could afford to put tires on their plane that still have some tread left on them.

    But much like the players they sign in free agency, there is no tread left. Come tomorrow, both Santa Claus and the Minnesota Vikings will have nothing to do the rest of the year.

  20. Mr. Dahmer

    I have been following your hotel and restaurant reviews for some time. Oddly it seems the only place you ever stay in Appleton is at the Salvation Army, and the only place you dine is in the dumpsters at the airport. Even the Vikings travel better than that. Are you Andrew Zimmern’s long lost brother?

  21. No wonder that plane got stuck after sliding off the runway! Look at how little ground-clearance there is between the bottom of the main undercarriage housing and the ground – might be ok for ashphalt and laminated floors but no good for grass. Get a bigger plane!

  22. Leave it to the hicks in Sconnie to not have the proper equipment of a modern airport. A fire truck had to be brought in to get everyone off the plane two at a time. Embarrassing.

  23. If you’ve ever seen a Minnesotan on the freeway, you’ll understand this perfectly. The most dangerous driver known to mankind is an old man in a Pontiac with a hat on… and Minnesota plates.

  24. Another idiot packer fan living in Minnesota, what a shock. Wisco must be an awful place to live your life.

    And hey, there’s still a chance for you guys to make the playoffs just to get embarrassed for the 6th consecutive season and keep mccarthy and capers around for another year. Good plan! Idiots.

  25. Hey, look! Frazier28/7 has come out of hiding to “get his purple on.”

    You should have stuck around, Frazier. Since you and most of your purple brethren went into hiding, Leatherface took over as The Purple Head.

  26. Frazier28/7
    And hey, there’s still a chance for you guys to make the playoffs just to get embarrassed for the 6th consecutive season and keep mccarthyGood plan! Idiots.
    __________

    Yeah having a chance to go to the playoffs and being one of the 11 teams that HAS to lose must be embarassing. So much that the Vikings decided it’s less embarassing to start 5 0 and miss the playoffs completely.
    If that’s what you think of McCarthy what do you think of Zimmer who hasn’t even made the postseason twice in a row as HC.

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    Dec 24, 2016 9:55 AM
    Another idiot packer fan living in Minnesota, what a shock. Wisco must be an awful place to live your life.

    And hey, there’s still a chance for you guys to make the playoffs just to get embarrassed for the 6th consecutive season and keep mccarthy and capers around for another year. Good plan! Idiots.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Jealousy is usually expressed as anger when the team for which you cheer gives nothing in return but crap sandwiches to eat, year after year after year.

    Thank goodness you saved that old weather-beaten “Maybe Next Year” purple t-shirt.

  28. Frazier28/7 says:
    Dec 24, 2016 9:55 AM

    And hey, there’s still a chance for you guys to make the playoffs just to get embarrassed for the 6th consecutive season and keep mccarthy and capers around for another year. Good plan! Idiots.
    ——————————

    I can’t argue with that logic.
    The 2010 season was such a true embarrassment.

    The season itself was a long, arduous, injury plagued journey.
    And it ended with such a demeaning win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    Everybody staring and mocking our players as they hoisted the Lombardi trophy high above their heads.
    It certainly was difficult to endure, but we persevered and became stronger fans because of it.

    Thank you for your concern, but regardless how this season ends, I believe we’ll be alright.

  29. streetyson says:
    Dec 24, 2016 9:15 AM

    No wonder that plane got stuck after sliding off the runway! Look at how little ground-clearance there is between the bottom of the main undercarriage housing and the ground – might be ok for ashphalt and laminated floors but no good for grass. Get a bigger plane!

    ____________________

    If you had looked carefully, you would have seen that that is an Airbus 330, one of the largest planes flying and normally used for trans-oceanic flights. Not well-equipped for landing at airports with mud runways like Appleton.

  30. kevpft says:
    Dec 24, 2016 2:31 AM
    It’s a 4/2 hour drive. These prima donnas can’t ride in a bus?

    nope, kind of like when the packers FLY to minneapolis..good god, do u think?

  31. It was almost a perfect flight. All the high degree of difficulty stuff was successfully completed.

    Taxiing to the terminal is a lot like kicking a 27 yard field goal to close out a win.

    The Vikings always find a way to lose.

  32. Pilot Blair Walsh was quoted as saying:

    ““It’s my fault. Jeff did his job and Kevin did his job. I’m the only one who didn’t do my job. That’s on me.”

    “I worked real hard to get myself to a place where I was very, very consistent for this team all year. In that moment, the moment they needed me the most, I wasn’t. That stings. I will be working hard to erase that from my career but it will take a while.”

  33. mrstinkypants says:
    Dec 23, 2016 10:30 PM

    Why would they fly into Appleton when Green Bay has an airport like 5 miles from the stadium?

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Because the village known as Green Bay doesn’t have even one hotel up to NFL standards. Not one! What a joke of a place.

  34. godkingskovald says:
    Dec 23, 2016 9:46 PM
    I bet Ted Wells will come to the conclusion that Tom Brady was generally aware of the icy conditions on the runway. Roger Goodell will punish the Patriots by banning them from all NFL Drafts.
    ————————————————————————————————

    Would it matter? Some teams, like the Patriots, could take guys off the street and coach them into pro-bowl players. Meanwhile, teams like my Browns could have 32, 1st round picks every year for 10 years, and still not make the playoffs! It’s really hard to be a Browns fan. 🙁

  35. They buried the lede. The real story here is the horror of being trapped on a plane with loudmouth horse-race caller Paul Allen. I’m surprised that they didn’t panic and start killing and eating each other after the first 10 minutes.

  36. My favorite game of the year is the Vikings at Green Bay. I don’t watch Packer games so this is the only time I get to see Packer home games. Seeing the shots of the stands is like watching a real time Gong Show.

  37. So did they get the plane out of the muck? Or will it be a long cold bus ride home for the Vikings?

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