DFW AIRPORT — The weather forced airlines to cancel dozens of departures at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, and hundreds of flights into the area were canceled as well.
There were two mishaps Monday morning involving American aircraft. While the carrier will not say if they were related to ice on the tarmac, they were not the kinds of things we hear about when the weather is clear.
The first happened around 4:30 a.m., when an American MD-80 jet went off the taxiway and onto a grassy area. The carrier said the plane was being relocated to a maintenance facility and there was no one on board.
DFW Airport officials said all runways were cleared of ice on Sunday, and is deferring to American for an explanation of what happened.
The second incident was later this morning. An American flight full of passengers just in from Mexico was being towed to its gate when the tip of a wing clipped the terminal building. Damage to the plane and the building, we’re told, was minimal.
There were about 75 flight cancellations at DFW on Monday, about 5 percent of daily flights. One-third of Sunday's flights were scrubbed because of the icy weather.
The airport said bad weather in other parts of the country was primarily to blame for Monday's problems, and operations were back to normal by late afternoon.
Dallas Love Field reported smooth operations overnight with minimal impact on the schedule.