US Airways Realizes Destination Airport Is Closed, Cancels Flight Mid-Air

A reader wrote into let us know that his US Airways flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Charleston, South Carolina was forced to turn back when, fifteen miles outside of their destination, the pilot realized that the airport closed at midnight.

Apparently the Charleston airport is rebuilding one of its runways, and the airport has been closed from midnight till 6 a.m. every night since June 9 for the repairs. The flight was delayed out of Charlotte by weather, and didn’t end up taking off until 11:43 p.m. A representative of the airline said, “We thought we were going to be able to make it in time. In addition, we thought the tower might remain open a little later.” They were wrong.

As usual, life imitates The Onion.

Flight Canceled Mid-Air, Heads Back to Charlotte
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