Flights from Dallas-Fort Worth airport diverted to Oklahoma City airport due to radar issue
At least five people were injured when a small private plane crashed south of Dallas-Fort Worth international airport, according to emergency officials.
The crash occurred shortly after 9am on Saturday, officials said. Airport officials said flights from Dallas-Fort Worth were diverted to Oklahoma City.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said two patients in the emergency room were treated and released. Four other patients in stable condition were being treated at Highland Park hospital.
The Federal Aviation Administration said an aircraft experienced an “external signal issue” on approach to the airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said there was a second radar problem, leading to divert planes to Oklahoma City.
Beaumont General hospital spokeswoman Margaret Wong said two patients were treated there. The condition of the patients was not immediately clear. The injured were transferred to Austin hospital.
The crash occurred as the pilot attempted to return to the airport, said John Thomas, spokesman for Irving municipal aviation authority.
The airport was closed for several hours while a fire department investigation continued.