Snow forces delayed and cancelled flights at Pangborn
Thursday, January 19, 2012
WENATCHEE — With local roads slick and mountain passes even worse, can snow-weary travelers grab a flight to Seattle?
Don’t count on it.
Through this morning, crews at Pangborn Memorial Airport continued to fight snowy conditions that have delayed or cancelled local flights, and an iced-over Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle remained closed.
“We’re at war,” said Pangborn airport manager Greg Phillips, who at 9 a.m. today had been coordinating his staff to keep planes de-iced and runways clear for the prior 36 hours.
“We think conditions here — visibility, ceiling, weather — are all pretty good right now,” he said. “The plane here now could take off for Seattle, but it wouldn’t have anywhere to go with Sea-Tac shut down.”
By this morning, Pangborn had four delayed or cancelled flights since 11 a.m. Wednesday, when snow from a storm sweeping through the area was probably at its peak. Phillips said Wednesday’s scheduled 5 p.m. arrival finally landed at 7 p.m., and the 11:30 p.m. flight was cancelled.
This morning’s flight at 6 a.m. was also cancelled and no plane was expected to arrive from Sea-Tac for today’s 11 a.m. departure. Delays and cancellations could extend through today.
“I’ve suggested that Sea-Tac divert all their flights here,” joked Phillips. “Of course, we’d need more coffee in the cafe, but I think we could do it.”
— Mike Irwin, World staff
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