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A little push, please?

July 18, 2017

A pilot accidentally landed a Delta flight in a taxiway that was under construction in Asheville, North Carolina, causing the plane to get stuck in the dirt and leading to a number of delays. 

The flight originating from Atlanta, Georgia landed safely at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, according to airport spokeswoman Tina Kinsey.

"We responded by bringing out a mobile ramp, then we worked with Delta to remove the plane and tow it back to the pavement so we could get it parked and get the terminal reopened," Kinsey told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The accidental error caused the airfield to close for three hours, leading to several other flight delays, Associated Press reported. Allegiant flights were diverted to other airports while another Delta flight and a United flight were delayed. Two American Airlines flights were canceled. The airfield reopened around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, according to the same Citizen-Times report.

“The passengers were deplaned and shuttled to the terminal,” Kinsey said.

The airport is undergoing renovations scheduled to carry through to next year, in an effort to keep up with increased traffic.

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