Ronald Reagan diverted several flights from Washington National Airport on Saturday afternoon after an American Airlines plane blew his tires after landing at Arlington Airport in Virginia.
According to flight tracker FlightAware, all domestic flights were being held at their destinations until half past one on Saturday evening and arrivals had to face an average delay of 38 minutes. The average departure delay was more than two hours and was increasing on Saturday afternoon.
“Passengers flying from Reagan National (DCA) should contact their airline directly about the status of their flight before arriving at the airport, as a disabled aircraft has temporarily disrupted flights,” Twitter said on Saturday afternoon.
The airline, operated by American Airlines 4965, from Memphis, Tennessee, and operated by Republic Airways, had to close two of its three runways, blowing its tires during an EDT landing around 4 p.m.
The plane stopped safely on the runway and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Fire and Rescue Authority responded to the scene, spokesman Mika Lillard said.
By 6:15 p.m., the airport was open on two of its three runways and flights had “resumed”. According to a tweet from the airport.
The disabled plane had 71 passengers and four crew members. Passengers were placed on the bus at the terminal, and no injuries were reported.
FAA spokeswoman Eva Lee Ngai said the Federal Aviation Administration would investigate the incident.
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