Emergency landing at Gulfport airport causes flights to be delayed, canceled
All passengers on board are safe and unharmed, said airport officials.
GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - An emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport late Sunday night has caused a handful of flights to be canceled or delayed.
The airport’s executive director Clay Williams confirms that a King Air flight made an emergency landing at the airport after the plane’s landing gear would not deploy.
The plane skidded down the runway, leaking the fuel along the way, said sources. A small fire broke out but was quickly extinguished. The five occupants of the plane were able to escape with no injuries.
“The aircraft has now been removed from the runway and we are in the process of inspecting the the airfield and will resume operations upon a further sweep and cleanup,” stated Williams.
South Mississippi Towing owner Tracy Allen says his company was called to remove the plane from the runway. According to him, the plane was pouring fuel when it arrived, causing a hazmat team to work overnight to clean it up. Five people were on board the plane, said Allen.
The private plane initially took off from Telluride, Colo. It stopped for fuel in Borger, Texas, at 5:45pm, according to the airport’s records. The flight plan says the plane was scheduled to arrive at Stennis Airport.
Arrivals and departures set to arrive at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Sunday night and into Monday morning were delayed as crews worked to clean the runway following the emergency landing. Flights resumed Monday around noon.
To see the most up-to-date list of arrivals and departures, please check the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s website.
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