Flights resuming at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways grounded planes

Associated Press

Flights have resumed 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."

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Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bussed to the terminal.

He says the fourth runway will be closed until Delta removes that plane.

Many flights were also delayed at the Romulus airport.