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Fort Wayne International Airport prepares runways for sub-freezing temperatures

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Officials from the Fort Wayne International Airport prepared their runways for icy conditions.

Airport officials took extra precaution and safety measures to make sure their runways were clear and safe after a plane slid off the runway on Tuesday evening.

Officials said workers are out in the field 24 hours a day. They said the airport has an operations team that monitors the temperatures of the runways throughout the day.

“When cold climate weather comes about, our operations team is out on the runway 24-7,” Rebecca Neild, Air Service and Marketing Manager said. “So they are in the vehicles. They are ready to go at any time when they need to be called into the runways.”

Officials said they frequently perform friction testing to make sure planes are able to takeoff and land safely.

“We are always talking to our flight crew, the FAA, telling our commissions of our airfield,” Scott Hinderman, Director said.

Officials said if temperatures drop below freezing, they will de-ice the runways and planes to help break down the ice. They said if weather conditions become worse, they will close down the runways if needed.

Passengers said they felt safe after hearing the safety measures taken by the Fort Wayne International Airport.

“How can you not feel safe if they take the time to de-ice the plane,” Gary Sharp, a passenger said. “So if they take the extra time, I don’t think anybody complains and any airport has to do that.”

Louie Tran

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