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Thursday, Jan 24 2013 12:25 PM

Salt Lake City airport partially reopens after weather closure

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City International Airport partially reopened after closing for more than three hours because of freezing rain and icy conditions that caused a Frontier airplane to slide on the runway during landing.

Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said one of the three runways reopened at about 12:45 p.m. on Thursday. The other two remain closed.

The Frontier Airlines plane landed safely at about 9:30 a.m. and slid on a patch of ice while turning to the taxiway. None of the 139 passengers on the flight from Denver were injured.

Five flights were cancelled and 15 other planes were forced to return to their gates after the runway was closed.

The airport is a hub for Delta Airlines. Seven other airlines also run flights there.

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