Air traffic smooth at RIC after NY plane crash

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Air traffic in and out of Richmond International Airport was moving smoothly Friday following an airplane crash that killed 50 people near Buffalo, NY.

Airport spokesperson Troy Bell credits the smooth morning to Continental Airlines, saying the large carrier was able to ensure there wasn't a ripple effect from the downed plane in New York.

Early Friday morning, there was fear that one Continental flight that routinely flies from Richmond to Newark may be grounded because of the crash. That flight uses the same type of plane that was involved in the incident.

A later check found that Continental had already previously decided to take the plane off rotation at RIC for at least two months after Feb. 11. The last time that plane flew out of Richmond was Wednesday.

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