High Temps Cause Jet to Sink in Pavement
A US Airways jet leaving the gate at Reagan International Airport in Washington, D.C. Friday evening got stuck when its wheels sunk in the hot pavement.
The Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet was being pushed back from its gate when the wheels dug in to the hot pavement on the tarmac. Hot temperatures in the area were most likely the cause.
“It was apparently a soft spot caused by the heat,” airline spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said, and the airplane “wouldn’t move.”
It was “pretty rare,” Mohr said. But then, she noted, “we’ve also had very unusual temperatures.”
The airport brought a bigger tow vehicle to free the plane and it took off after a 3-hour delay.
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