Sea Flight breakdown briefly closes Rholsen runway
Published: December 12, 2012
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Air traffic operations at Rholsen Airport stalled for about a half hour Tuesday afternoon because of a disabled aircraft on the runway.
David Mapp, Assistant Executive Director of the V.I. Port Authority, said Tuesday night that he was in St. Thomas when the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Based on the information that was relayed to him during a briefing from airport security personnel, a Sea Flight aircraft was preparing for take-off and was rolling on the runway when the brake locked up and disabled the plane, he said.
The aircraft was leaving from Rholsen Airport en route to King Airport on St. Thomas, but no passengers were on board the aircraft, only one pilot, who was not injured, according to Mapp.
Port Authority Rescue Firefighters responded to the emergency situation and received assistance from Bohlke International Airways to tow the aircraft from the runway, Mapp said.
While the aircraft was disabled on the runway, a number of flights were affected, but Mapp did not have specific numbers Tuesday night. "I know there were several delays, because my flight back to St. Thomas was scheduled to leave at 5:40, and we were just siting on the runway for just about 30 minutes," he said.
Once the plane was removed from the runway, the runway was deemed operational again and flights resumed, Mapp said.