Control tower error leaves ILM passengers stranded in Myrtle Beach

ILM passengers stranded in Myrtle Beach

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Passengers flying from Charlotte to Wilmington spent Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach.

An American Airlines flight heading to Wilmington International Airport was diverted to Myrtle Beach International Airport after a communication error with a control tower in Washington, D.C. late Tuesday evening.

According to Tammie Keel with ILM, the officials with the Washington center said the plane couldn't land at ILM because construction had begun on the runway. Keel said that wasn't the case. Construction was scheduled to begin at midnight, so the flight could have landed at 11:30 p.m., as scheduled.

Keel says the miscommunication only affected the one flight. Passengers were unable to fly back Tuesday night, but American Airlines and the Myrtle Beach airport accommodated them.

Passengers were expected to be able to fly back to Wilmington as early at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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