Plane Crash and Weather Create Problems for Travelers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/09

Plane Crash and Weather Create Problems for Travelers

Tuesday's plane crash compounded with the weather created a mess for travelers. The airport says around 700 people have been effected by the mess Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines canceled afternoon and evening flights leaving 538 folks without a way out of the Hub City. Disappointed travelers left the airport Tuesday just not the way they had anticipated.

Nadine was trying to get to Philadelphia. "Delays seem to be all the way to the East Coast, so I just gave up on my flights," says Nadine.

Brandon was trying to get to Minnesota and says he had his flight switched three times. Jason was trying to get to Florida Tuesday afternoon and drove to Lubbock from Clovis. He says he'll have to spend the night here because he won't be able to get a ride back home.

Bob was trying to make it to North Carolina for an interview and drove from Midland Tuesday morning and says his airline booked him on a flight tomorrow afternoon.

After the plane crash, airport crews de-iced the alternate runway. "The plane that crashed closed our primary runway and that's the runway we keep open during bad weather because it's our instrumented runway. With it closed it caused us to have to move to the other runway and the chemical that we used it takes a long time to work," says Airport Director James Loomis. 

For passengers that rescheduled to fly out of here Wednesday, airport advises you check with your airline because temperatures aren't expected to get above freezing Tuesday night.

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