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GTRA operational despite substantial leak

April 8, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

LOWNDES COUNTY — The Golden Triangle Regional Airport had its share of plumbing issues Sunday, as a pipe disconnected amidst thunderstorms and left the terminal soaking wet.
According to Robin McCormick, West Point-Clay County representative on the GTRA Board of Directors, about 8:15 p.m. a drain pipe connected to the roof drain in the terminal “broke free,” causing rain from the roof to dump into the terminal. McCormick said the issue stemmed from a loose clamp that held the pipe in place to the drain.
While one flight scheduled to land at 7:25 p.m. at GTRA was diverted to Birmingham, Ala., McCormick said the two incidents were unrelated.
“The flight was diverted to Birmingham last night for weather,” McCormick said. “It showed up just as the worst of the thunderstorms hit. It had nothing to do with the pipes.”
McCormick said the flight was the only one scheduled to have been redirected.
While a little wet, operations resumed as normal Monday. McCormick said Graham Roofing repaired the disconnected pipe, and as of 10:30 a.m. Monday the terminal was drying out and fully operational.
Starkville representative Frank Chiles said airport staff responded to the issue and quickly resolved the issue.
“We’re up and going now,” Chiles said. “We don’t have any problems on boarding. We’re sending out three flights (Monday) that total about 150 people. We don’t stay down for long.”

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