Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron work to repair a sinkhole in the runway at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, May 1, 2019. JOSHUA EDWARDS/U.S. AIR FORCE
Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron work to repair a sinkhole in the runway at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, May 1, 2019. JOSHUA EDWARDS/U.S. AIR FORCE

Runway sinkhole temporarily suspends flights at US air base in South Korea

by Matt Keeler
Stars and Stripes

The 8th Fighter Wing commander suspended all military and commercial flights at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, for a full day starting 9 a.m. Wednesday until the base civil engineer squadron could repair a sinkhole in the runway.

“This is a pretty nonstandard occurrence,” said Maj. Alyson Busch, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander, according to a post on the base website by 8th Wing Public Affairs. “We had to take our time and figure out the fastest and safest course of action not only for the U.S. Air Force, but also our Korean partners and civilian airframes and personnel.”

Kunsan shares its runway with Gunsan Airport, from which commercial airlines Eastar Jet and Korean Air operate several daily flights to the popular southern island of Jeju.

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