Norse flight delayed for days at FLL after accident on runway

A Norse Atlantic Airways flight out Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been delayed for days after an accident on the runway ahead of its scheduled takeoff late Friday.

As the plane was taxiing the runway for departure at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, the aircraft’s wing tip light broke when it “came into contact with a piece of construction equipment on the airfield,” airport spokeswoman Arlene Satchell said Sunday. She said there were no injuries.

After inspecting the damage, Norse decided to delay departure and offered hotel accommodations to passengers who needed them, Satchell said.

The airline had thought repairs would be done by Saturday, but the “process is taking longer than expected,” Satchell said.

The incident is under investigation. “We expect to have an update from Norse later today on the status of the repairs and the flight’s new departure time,” Satchell said Sunday morning.

Norse Atlantic Airways has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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