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Passengers: DC-9 make 'hard landing' before going off runway

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport officials said Delta Flight 2307, a DC-9 inbound from Atlanta, went off the runway after landing in Savannah at approximately 6:49 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a statement from Delta, the nose wheel of the aircraft made contact with the grass as the aircraft turned onto the taxiway.

Passengers say all three landing gear units went off the runway and got stuck in the mud. According to passengers, it was a very hard landing.

"Everyone was bracing themselves on the seats in front of them because it was such a hard stop," passenger Jennifer Ericson said.

Another passenger said he noticed something strange about the landing.

"The pilot came in too high and too fast. It was obvious and there were serious issues with the landing," passenger Richard Ritter said.

No one was injured in the landing. All 125 passengers and crewmembers waited about an hour before they were able to get off of the plane. The women and children were taken off the plane first and transported to the terminal by bus.

The plane was towed away early Wednesday morning and the first flight took off at 5:15 a.m.

Officials said the incident is not interfering other departures or arrivals, and things have been running smoothly Wednesday morning at the airport.

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