Deadly plane crash impacts airport operations, travelers at Bradley Airport


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– A deadly plane crash impacted operations and passengers at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday.

Bradley was shut down for hours and is now open again but not at full capacity. Flights were delayed or canceled throughout the night.

“It’s just frustrating,” said Nancy Berney, a passenger.

“Um, I’ll stay in a hotel and go when they have a flight,” said June Harrison, of Springfiele, Missouri.

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“First they canceled the flight an hour, then two hours,” said Don Hust, Cincinnati, Ohio. “Now, they canceled them all day.”

Air traffic in and out of Bradley International Airport was grounded for hours Wednesday following this deadly plane crash.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Maria Frazier, an airport worker. “I will not get the faces of the people out of my head because I personally saw them on the ground up close.”

Then the domino effect with dozens of cancellations, delays and thousands of passengers stranded.

“Tomorrow all the flights are booked,” said Hust. “We’re flying Southwest, so the first available flight we can get out was noon on Friday.”

Some folks were forced to wait it out on the airport floor as ticket agents scrambled.

“Thought I was gonna get on a flight. It got canceled,” said Berney.

Nancy Berney was headed down south to visit the grandkids.

“And now I’m just trying to re-book to go see my grandchildren in North Carolina,” said Berney.

Finally, a glimmer of hope when just after 1 p.m., TSA checkpoint lines reopened.

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