LONDON – A ground stop has been put into effect at Dallas, Fort Worth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following a fire on one of its fuel pumps.
The airport has said the following about the incident:
“This morning, there was a fire at one of the fuel pumps at DFW Airport. Our DPS team responded immediately and was able to put the fire out and shut off the affected pump. Currently, we are performing a safety inspection to ensure it is safe to return fuel service.”
“In the meantime, there is an FAA ground stop in effect at the airport. We hope to have the inspection complete and return to regular operations shortly. If you are scheduled to fly into or out of DFW today, please check with your airline for your flight’s latest status.”
The image above from RadarBox.com highlights the high level of aircraft that are on the ground at present time.
The image above shows the ATC advisory handed out to all stakeholders who could be affected by this nationwide ground stop at DFW Airport.
It is understood that American Airlines is to be affected the most by this ground stop, especially with the airport being one of their mega hubs in the United States.
Plenty of customers of the airline have taken to social media already complaining about the ground stop with the airline’s word being:
“We’re working on getting everyone on their way and in the air as quickly as possible.”
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1754 UK time – It looks like the airport is now letting departures go, although there are to be delays expected, as seen with OO4936 here via RadarBox.
UPDATE #2 @ 1800 UK time – Media reports stating that 448 flights have been delayed thus far as a result of this incident, with the majority being for American Airlines.