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Plane mired in mud at Little Rock airport

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An American Eagle flight leaving Little Rock National Airport ran off of a taxiway last night and became mired in mud.

Passengers and crew members traveling on American Eagle Flight 3538, heading to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, suffered no injuries. Airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the Bombardier CRJ-700 slipped off the taxiway in part due to the heavy rains that blanketed Arkansas during the day.

Huguely says the airline sent a fresh crew on a plane meant to sit in Little Rock overnight to ferry the 59 passengers to Dallas. She says maintenance crews towed the mired aircraft to a hangar. It is expected to be running again today.

The airline shows the flight ended up leaving Little Rock just before 8:55 p.m. last night and arrived in Texas just after 10 p.m.

American Eagle and American Airlines are units of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corporation.

The Little Rock airport estimates 39,000 passengers will pass through its concourse during the Thanksgiving holiday, down from 42,000 last year.

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