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Sinkhole Leads to Runway Closure, Delays at DFW Airport

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 26, 2015

Sinkhole Leads to Runway Closure, Delays at DFW Airport

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In the wake of excessive rain and flooding in Texas over Memorial Day Weekend, a sinkhole prompted delays and lead to a runway closure at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration via CBS DFW.

Inspectors discovered the sinkhole in a grass airfield located about 250 feet in between a taxiway and a runway shortly after 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning. 

Measuring roughly 25 feet wide and 25 feet long, the sinkhole was large enough to be deemed a safety concern by airport officials.

The FAA confirmed that the affected runway has been closed as a result.

Despite backups as long as 30 minutes on Tuesday morning, the delays have been reduced by the shifting of departing flights to other runways at the airport. 

Airport officials have not yet given a timetable on when repairs will be finished. However the runway will remain closed until they are completed and it's considered safe again. 

According to flight-tracking website, as of 1:30 p.m. local time, 106 departing flights have been delayed at DFW, accounting for 10 percent of the airport's total scheduled departures for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 95 arriving flights have been delayed at DFW as of this writing. 

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