Flights delayed after landing goes wrong at Reagan National


Two of the airport’s three runways closed, setting off a string of delays.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Flights out of Reagan National Airport are facing delays Saturday afternoon after a plane popped its tires after landing, closing down two of the airport’s three runways, according to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (M.W.A.A.). 

Incoming American Airlines flight 4965 from Memphis, operated by Republic Airways, experienced issues as the tires on its main landing gear blew after landing, M.W.A.A. said. 

There were 75 people on board, 71 of them passengers and four crew, American Airlines said. All have been safely transported from the plane to the terminal, according to M.W.A.A. 

Runways 1/19 and 15/55 closed while crews assessed the situation. 

By around 6 p.m., two of the airport’s three runways had opened and air traffic was resuming, according to Reagan National Airport. 

Two hours later, the disabled plane had been towed away and all three runways were back open.

Passengers flying to or from Reagan National on Saturday afternoon should reach out to their airline for the latest information on their flight status, M.W.A.A. said.

Meanwhile, travelers posted about the disruption on social media.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.