Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays

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Posted: Nov 22, 2014 3:26 PM
Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said all four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple of 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 a Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Portland, Oregon, landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal.

A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured.