Delays Taper Off at Washington Airport After Ground Stop

Delays of as much as 90 minutes at Washington Reagan National Airport tapered off following an earlier halt on most flights in response to shootings at a nearby U.S. Navy facility.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ended a halt on most flights at Reagan National shortly after 10 a.m. local time, the agency said in a statement.

“We expect residual delays as we return to normal,” Lori Weaver, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said in an interview.

Aircraft scheduled to depart for Reagan National, the 26th-busiest U.S. airport according to trade group Airports Council International, were held on the ground around the U.S. until about 10:30, according to the FAA.

Planes that were already in the air had been allowed to land at National, the agency said in the statement. The FAA took the action “to facilitate law enforcement aircraft” responding to the shooting, according to the statement.

The airport is located in Virginia across the Potomac River from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington. Four people were killed and eight injured in the shootings, the Washington Post reported.

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