San Francisco International Airport will not reopen its two remaining runways until a team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrives on the scene, an airport spokesman said today.
All flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport were shut down today after the 11:30 a.m. crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 out of Seoul, South Korea.
Two runways have since reopened, allowing limited service, but airport spokesman Doug Yakel said this evening that the airport's other two runways will not reopen until NTSB investigators give approval.
In part, the NTSB team will help determine whether the crash caused damage to the runway that will need to be repaired before service can be restored, Yakel said.
The runway closures have caused a huge number of flight cancellations and diversions to other airports including San Jose International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
A total of 242 flights originating at SFO and 186 scheduled to land at SFO were cancelled today, according to flightaware.com, a web site that offers real time flight cancellation information.
The NTSB team is expected around midnight, and will hold a joint press briefing with airport officials Sunday morning at a time that has not yet been determined, Yakel said.
Yakel noted this evening that there has been some recent construction on runway 28, the runway involved in the crash, that lengthened the runway's thresholds.
It is unclear whether that construction has any bearing on today's crash.
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