Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport repairs, reopens main runway following discovery of sinkhole on Friday

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Following the discovery of a sinkhole near the edge of the main runway on Friday, officials with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport say that the runway has since reopened and airport operations have returned to normal.

On Friday, May 22, WFXR spoke with Director of Marketing Brad Boettcher at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport, who says they discovered a sinkhole about six feet wide on one of the runways. The sinkhole was originally three feet wide and grew to six feet in about an hour, which resulted in airport officials shutting down their main runway.

Boettcher told WFXR one Delta flight had to divert back to Atlanta due to the sinkhole. Fortunately, no other flights experienced delays while the operations and air field maintenance teams worked to solve the issue.

According to Boettcher, crews completed repairs on the runway at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 before opening the runway for normal operations at 5 a.m.

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