Flights at Gulfport airport delayed and cancelled due to an emergency landing

 Wednesday, March 9, 2022 


Late Sunday at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, an emergency landing has caused a handful of flights to be canceled or delayed. Clay Williams, the executive director at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has said a King Air flight made an emergency landing at the airport as the landing gear of the plane would not deploy.

The plane was leaking fuel continuously along the way, as it skidded down the runway. A small fire broke out but was quickly extinguished. The five occupants of the plane were able to escape with no injuries.

Mr. Williams said that the aircraft has now been removed from the runway. They have inspected the aircraft and the airfield and will restart operations upon a further sweep and cleanup of the area.

Tracy Allen, the owner of South Mississippi Towing said that his company was contacted to tow the plane from the runway. When he arrived at the scene, he said the plane was still leaking fuel when he arrived at the scene. A hazmat team to work overnight to clean it up. Allen said that there were 5 people aboard the plane.

Initially taking off from Telluride, Colorado, the private plane stopped for fuel in Borger, Texas, at 5.45pm. The flight plan reports that the plane was scheduled to arrive at the Stennis Airport.

The arrivals and the departures at the airport were cancelled due to the incident into Sunday night and to Monday morning. The crews worked extremely efficiently to clean the runway following the emergency landing as flights resumed Monday around noon.

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