FAA halts air traffic to Haiti, no room for planes

By Joan Lowy
Published January 14, 2010 6:27PM (EST)

U.S. officials say they've stopped all civilian flights from the United States to Haiti at the request of the Haitian government, because there is no room on the ground for more planes and not enough jet fuel for planes to go back.

A U.S. official said the Federal Aviation Administration imposed the "ground stop" on flights bound to Haiti Thursday morning and the Haitian government was no longer accepting planes into Haitian airspace. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official says when flights were halted there were 11 planes circling the earthquake-damaged airport in Port-au-Prince, but no room to store more planes on the ground once they landed.

The official said there was only limited jet fuel for planes leaving Haiti.

Joan Lowy


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