Travelers had to deal with multiple flight delays and cancellations at Asheville Regional Airport on Sunday night after a Delta pilot coming in from Atlanta landed safely but then moved his aircraft onto a taxiway connection that was under construction. The airplane’s gear became stuck in the dirt, which rendered it immobile for several hours.
Asheville Regional Airport spokeswoman Tina Kinsey says they took care of the passengers first. “We responded by bringing out a mobile ramp, then we worked with Delta to remove the plane and tow it back to the pavement so we could get it parked and get the terminal reopened,” she said.
The incident, which took place at approximately 10:30 p.m., caused the airfield to close for three hours, reopening around 1:30 a.m. Monday.
Two Allegiant flights were diverted to other airports. Another Delta flight and a United flight were also delayed. American Airlines cancelled two flights to the airport.
The city of Asheville, North Carolina is currently experiencing a growth boom. In response, the airport is undergoing its biggest construction project since opening in 1961. The upgrading of taxiway connections and other construction is likely to continue into next year.
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