© 2024 WFAE

Mailing Address:
8801 J.M. Keynes Dr. Ste. 91
Charlotte NC 28262
Tax ID: 56-1803808
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Plane leaking fuel causes cancellations, delays at Charlotte airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Several flights were delayed or canceled at Charlotte-Douglas International airport this morning after an outbound flight leaked fuel shortly after takeoff.

Delta Airlines Flight 2481 bound for Detroit took off from around 9:30 a.m. Moments later, the 22-year old Boeing 717-200 could be seen leaking fuel from its left wing in a video sent to WSOC-TV.

The plane had 55 passengers and five crew members on board, according to a Delta spokesperson. The flight taxied to a gate under its own power, according to a statement from Delta.

Pilots turned around and made a safe landing on another runway, where fuel continued to leak. Both that runway and the one the plane took off from were closed.
CLT remained in operation with just one runway, according to airport officials. One runway reopened shortly after 10 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m. The closure of both runways resulted in the FAA issuing a ground stop. Flights scheduled to leave could not take off until both runways were clear.

According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, 233 flights were delayed and 33 canceled as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Sign up for our daily headlines newsletter

Select Your Email Format

Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.
Woody is a Charlotte native who came to WFAE from the world of NASCAR where he was host of NASCAR Today for MRN Radio as well as a pit reporter, turn announcer and host of the NASCAR Live pre race show for Cup Series races. Before that, he was a news anchor at WBT radio in Charlotte, a traffic reporter, editor of The Charlotte Observer’s University City Magazine, News/Sports Director at WEGO-AM in Concord and a Swiss Army knife in local cable television. His first job after graduating from Appalachian State University was news reporter at The Daily Independent in Kannapolis. Along the way he’s covered everything from murder trials and a national political convention to high school sports and minor league baseball.