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D/FW Airport runway closed again because of sinkhole

Crews survey a 25x25 foot sinkhole between runway 18L and taxi way F at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday. The sinkhole was caused by a damaged storm drain, that collapsed again on Friday, shutting down the runway again. Special/Brandon Wade
Crews survey a 25x25 foot sinkhole between runway 18L and taxi way F at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday. The sinkhole was caused by a damaged storm drain, that collapsed again on Friday, shutting down the runway again. Special/Brandon Wade Star-Telegram

One of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s main runways was closed for the second time this week as a storm drain collapsed overnight.

Runway 18L, on the west side of the airport, was shut down on Friday morning and flights have been shifted to D/FW’s six other runways.

“Due to continuing heavy rain overnight collapsing the storm drain that workers were repairing to address the hole adjacent to Runway 18L, that runway is temporarily closed,” said airport spokesman David Magaña, adding that the airport expects a minimal impact on flight operations.

The airport received 3.76 inches of rain overnight. It has been the wettest May on record as the airport has received a total of 16.07 inches for the month with more rain forecast for the last three days of the month.

The same storm drain caused a 25 foot by 25 foot sinkhole to appear near the runway on Tuesday, shutting Runway 18L down for most of the day. The airport was able to reopen the runway Tuesday evening after it assessed the structural integrity of the runway. Workers had been repairing the storm drain for the past two days.

As of 10 a.m., D/FW had 82 arrivals and 38 departures delayed, according to FlightStats.com.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the Fort Worth-based airline has seen a minimal impact to its operations and most of its delays and cancellations today are due to weather and not the storm drain collapse.

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