ROMULUS (AP) – Flights are starting to resume at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.
Airport spokesman Michael Conway said three of four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield “iced over at once.” Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain “overwhelmed our work.”
Conway says one Delta Air Lines plane landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. He described it as “a low-speed skid” but all passengers were safely removed and bussed to the terminal.
The airport has remained open but the flight shutdown is causing significant delays.
Icy conditions have caused numerous accidents on Detroit-area roadways, including a multi-vehicle crash on M-14 in western Wayne County.
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