Airport problem causes days of delay for Lubbock woman - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/6/10

Airport problem causes days of delay for Lubbock woman

By Kensey Curtis - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Her trip took a lot longer than expected, but Saturday night Beverly Reed was back home in the Hub City. 

Reed had been waiting to come home since Tuesday when Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport first started experiencing problems with their Instrument Landing System (ILS). "It was kind of a frustrating week," she said. 

Reed left for Houston on Sunday and planned to be back in Lubbock Tuesday night, but that's not how things turned out.  "My flight was cancelled," she said. 

Reed reset her flight for Wednesday morning. Passengers boarded, bound for Lubbock, and then she learned of another delay. "They said we may not be able to get to Lubbock; we may have to go to Dallas, so if you want to get off you can," she said. 

Reed deplaned, and reset her flight for Wednesday night.  "We got on the plane and of all things, they were having trouble in the cockpit," she said.  

The flight finally took off, but it wasn't a happy ending. "They tried three times to land in Lubbock, couldn't land.  They just said it was fog, a lot of fog, and they were having mechanical errors or something like that, because the pilot couldn't see the runway to land," Reed said. 

Reed says flight attendants made an announcement that landing in Amarillo or Midland was not an option, so they had to land in Dallas where they sat on a runway for a while, before returning to Houston, arriving at 2 a.m. Thursday.  "When we got back to Houston, after all that ordeal, and the flight attendant said welcome to Houston, everybody just died laughing, like 'oh brother', I can't believe we just went through this," she said. 

Finally, Reed made it home around 11 p.m. Friday, three days late, but grateful to arrive. "I've lost a bunch of time at work. Hopefully they won't be too upset with me, but I'm just glad I made it home," she said. 

It's possible more flights could be delayed as the weather changes. If you have a flight leaving Lubbock in the next few days, you're urged to check it online before you go to the airport.  There's no word yet on when the ILS could be repaired.

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