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Flights resume after runway problem causes major delays at LaGuardia Airport

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 22:39:31-05

ELMHURST, Queens  — LaGuardia Airport customers experienced severe delays Wednesday afternoon after a concrete problem closed one of two runways.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the runway closed around 3 p.m., Wednesday. It remained closed for five hours.

Runway 13 was shut down after a pilot observed damage in the concrete.

Emergency crews were called in to make repairs while hundreds of passengers remained on the planes.

Video from AIR11 showed planes lined up on the runway, waiting to take off. Frustrated passengers tweeted that they had been stuck for hours.

Incoming flights used alternate runways but still experienced delays of up to an hour.

The flight board in the terminal illustrated the extent of the problem with the listing of flights canceled and delayed. There was no immediate explanation as to what caused the damage on the runway.

Port Authority expects that flights will get back to normal Thursday morning.