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Airplane overturned after tornado passes through Tallahassee International Airport

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:17:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Wednesday's EF-0 tornado has left damage behind at the Tallahassee International Airport.

Many trees were knocked down, with one even falling onto a car. But the biggest damage comes from an airplane that was flipped onto its roof.

Crews with the City of Tallahassee Utilities and the Tallahassee Fire Department spent hours clearing the area making sure there are no potentials for a hazard, including cleaning fuel that leaked from the plane.

In addition to that plane, seven more will be evaluated for damages. Although the damage isn't exactly visible, the strong wind blew those planes, re-positioning them in various different positions.

TLH Director of Aviation David Pollard said the airport shut down as the storm approached.

"As soon as the weather hit, we closed the airport. That sent a notification to the FAA and they'll suspend operations. When that happens you can't get inside and it shuts down the airspace." said Pollard.

Everyone inside was directed to the middle stairwell while any incoming planes were diverted.

"Everybody was great. They complied with our instructions. They understood what we were doing and why we were doing it. Of course, things happen fast but our focus was on safety," said Pollard.

No one was hurt at the airport. All operations are now back up and running.