Sinkhole closes runway at Dallas-Fort Worth airport

Terminal E at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport (AFP Photo)
A 25-foot wide sinkhole has forced the closure of one runway at Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) international airport, a major hub in the southern US. Six other runways remain in service, and there is no estimate as to when the sinkhole might be repaired.

Airfield inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found the sinkhole Tuesday morning, in the “safe area” between a taxiway and runway 18-L, airport spokesman David Magana told the Dallas Morning News. Airport officials closed the runway until the sinkhole could be repaired.

The FAA is operating around the closure,” Magana said, adding that the closure of runway 18-L did not affect any flight departure times this morning.

American Airlines, which operates more flights out of DFW than any other airline, has reported “no operational impact,” according to Magana.

Flight traffic and delay rates are at normal levels,” he said in a statement.

As of 11:00am local time, was reporting delays of15 to 30 minutes “and increasing.”

There was no explanation for the sinkhole’s origin. Residents of the region have complained about earthquakes and sinkholes for the past two years, blaming the hydraulic fracking in the nearby Barnett Shale field. Oil and gas companies have said there is no evidence that fracking was to blame.

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