Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fort Worth Meacham International (KFTW), Texas

Numerous aircraft, several buildings and a hangar at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth sustained severe damage from Sunday evening's storm. 

The airport, and all runways, are open Monday even though the airport is currently operating on generator power.

City officials said about 15 planes, including several helicopters, were damaged in the storm. Two of the airplanes flipped over, including one that flew over a fence as 76 mph winds ripped through the airport.

Aviation Way, on the airport's north side, remains closed as debris from a destroyed hangar is cleared from the roadway.  Pieces of that hangar also came to rest on top of several nearby aircraft.  More than 10 other buildings also suffered damage.

While an official damage estimate has not been determined, aviation director Bill Welstead said damage could push into the millions of dollars.