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September 17. 2013 11:26PM

Logan planes sent to Manchester after airport fire

MANCHESTER — The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Tuesday refueled planes that were unable to take fuel at Logan International Airport in Boston because of a fire at Logan’s fueling station.

The Manchester airport had refueled four planes as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and was scheduled to refuel three more Tuesday night should repairs at Logan not be completed, said J. Brian O’Neill, deputy airport director.

O’Neill said the additional refueling is not taxing the airport’s fuel capabilities.

“Manchester is fully capable of handling these diversions,” he said.

O’Neill said Manchester could continue to accept planes today if needed.

“If they don’t get it fixed, we will be accepting more,” he said.

According Massachusetts Port Authority, the operator of Logan, the fire broke out about 5 p.m. and was under control a half-hour later.

“There are no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. As a safety precaution, use of the underground fuel system has been temporarily suspended. Passengers should check with their airline on flight status before heading to the airport,” the port authority said in a statement.

O’Neill said passengers are not disembarking at Manchester. He said the planes are either stopping at Manchester to fill up before picking up passengers at Logan or are flying out of Logan, refueling at Manchester, then heading to their next destination.

tbuckland@unionleader.com


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