Winter conditions have airlines de-icing planes

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Airlines are responsible for de-icing their planes before takeoff during winter precip. The process can delay flights by 10 to 20 minutes but ensures a safe takeoff.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Extreme winter conditions have caused airline crews at the Dayton International Airport to take precautions to keep passengers safe this winter season before takeoff.

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Airline crews use de-icing fluid in extreme cold temperatures, but use it more often with active snowfall, according to airport officials.

Area temperatures are forecast to drop near or below zero this weekend and snow also is expected, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Dayton-based flights use about 90,000 gallons of de-icing fluid on planes a year.

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A flight can be delayed for 10 to 20 minutes to de-ice a plane depending on winter precipitation and how many planes need to be de-iced, according to Terry Slaybaugh, director of the airport.

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