Charleston-bound flight diverted due to runway closure

Charleston-bound flight diverted due to runway closure

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Passengers headed to Charleston International Airport were dismayed to find they were turned away and forced to land in Columbia because of a closed runway.

According to air traffic control officials at Charleston International Airport, the runway was closed for construction last night just after midnight, meaning an incoming Delta flight from Atlanta was re-routed to Columbia.

Passengers onboard flight 4898 reached out to us around 1:30 a.m. Friday, about an hour after their flight left Atlanta. The passengers told us they were sitting on the tarmac in Columbia, unable to get off the plane.

They say they were told the Charleston runway was closed and the plane didn't have enough fuel to get back to Atlanta, so Delta hired cabs to bring the passengers to the Lowcountry. 

Travelers said they finally got to Charleston around 5 a.m. Friday and described the trip as "a mess."  It's unclear how many passengers were aboard the plane.

Charleston International Airport shares its runway with Joint Base Charleston, and airport officials say the base is responsible for the construction work.  Airport officials said Delta was properly notified of the construction.

We've reached out to the base but have not heard back. Airport officials say the runway was worked on as recently as last Sunday. They said no other flights were diverted because of the runway closure.

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