A small private plane with a flat tire delayed flights out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for several hours on Sunday evening.
The airplane, which busted its tire shortly before 6 p.m., was towed off the south end of the west side runway around 9 p.m.
During those hours it blocked part of the airport's only remaining runway, as the other has been temporarily closed for maintenance.
The blockage primarily impacted inbound flights, ABIA spokeswoman Mandy McClendon said. It also caused diversions for internal Texas flights.
Some travelers affected by the delays took to social media.
@bravogolf @AUStinAirport Do you know what took so long? I was on a flight that got diverted back to DFW 3 minutes… https://t.co/dkEN8Py6Ha— Doug Hjornevik (@Doug Hjornevik)1606113731.0
@JamesMendezATX @JackFromHawaii @AUStinAirport @SouthwestAir Safe but real mad once I found out reason. Someone sho… https://t.co/hBrksrbWtJ— Doug Hjornevik (@Doug Hjornevik)1606120603.0
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