PHF temporarily closes after Langley aircraft slides off runway


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport was closed for approximately four hours on Friday following an incident involving a military aircraft.

Jessica Wharton, a spokesperson for the airport, tells an aircraft from Joint Base Langley-Eustis was performing a training exercise when the plane began to have issues with its nose gear.

This caused the aircraft to slide off the runway.

Officials with Langley-Eustis said in a Facebook post the aircraft involved was a United States Air Force T-38 Talon. There were no injuries or fatalities in the incident, the post said.

A board of officers has been appointed to investigate the crash.

Initially, Wharton said the airport would be closed for one to two hours, but clearing the runway took longer than expected. 

The airport and airfield reopened around 5 p.m., according to their Twitter. 

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