WENY News - Crews at Elmira-Corning Regional work to clear runway during sto

Crews at Elmira-Corning Regional work to clear runway during storm

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BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- When snow hits, it's all hands on-deck at Elmira Corning Regional Airport. 

Crews were hard at work throughout Wednesday morning, afternoon and evening--clearing and keeping snow off the runway. 

"They've been at it since about three this morning, just getting everything plowed and prepped up," says Bill Hopper, Director of Aviation at (ELM). "They've been at it all day."

The job includes a team of four massive, high-powered trucks, each with a job to do. That means plowing and brushing any already-existing snow and snow blowing anything else that may be falling. 

Those trucks are constantly out on the runways. Sometimes that means pushing tons of snow throughout the day and night so airplanes are able to get on and on the runway safely.

"We have to keep an eye on traffic," says Hopper. "Our crews go out there and try to keep the surfaces open where the planes plan to taxi and take off and land."

When we got a look inside one of these trucks, the runway was already pretty clear from hours of work.

During a blizzard, however, visibility can effect crews ability to remove the snow. Ice can also be a factor.

Luckily, this was not the case on Wednesday - and all flights took off today, with no cancellations.

Crews said they were able to clear it early, shifting their focus to keeping it off for the remainder of the evening.

But you should always check with your airline carrier on the status of your flight before heading to the airport.

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