Flights in and out of Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport were suspended for 15 hours Wednesday afternoon into the early morning hours Thursday after a military plane became disabled on the runway.

City spokeswoman Hilary Shine said the airport resumed operations at 3:45 a.m. Thursday; 18 flights were affected.

Fort Hood spokesman Christopher Haug said a C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane in the Air Force, was performing “touch and goes” at Robert Gray Army Airfield out of Kelly Air Force Base when the crew reported a shudder in the front nose gear upon landing.

The removal of the aircraft was originally expected to take four to six hours, but due to the size of the plane, Haug said crews had to bring in a tow bar from San Antonio.

Haug said the crew arrived at 11 p.m. Wednesday to move the plane to a maintenance area on the military side of the airfield where the problem could be identified.

Flights at the airport are back on schedule.

Natalie Stewart

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