Yampa Valley Regional Airport runway closed for hours Sunday after jet aborts takeoff

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— The runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport was closed for more than four hours on Sunday after a business jet had to abort a takeoff because of a blown tire.

"It was going fast enough that they could have gotten airborne right at the time it blew," Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said. "Fortunately, it didn't get airborne."

The stranded plane caused the cancellation of four commercial United flights to and from Denver International Airport.

United sent an extra plane Monday morning to accommodate some of the passengers who were supposed to fly out on Sunday.

Ruppel said some passengers took shuttles to Denver.

"It took some time to get the aircraft owner to agree to allow us to move the aircraft," Ruppel said.

He said crews at the airport were able to use high pressure air bags to lift the aircraft off the ground.

A wheel dolly was then used to move the aircraft from the runway.

The airport on Monday saw five to six planes land that were en route to Denver but delayed because of the weather on the Front Range.

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