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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:24 pm | Updated: 2:33 pm, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

Flights in and out of Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport were suspended until 3 a.m. Thursday morning after a military plane became disabled on the runway around noon Wednesday.

Fort Hood spokesman Christopher Haug said the 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 crew immediately shut the aircraft engines down and stopped in place,” he said. “All incoming and outgoing air traffic was delayed as a result."

Haug said crews had to be brought in from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio to remove the plane due to its size.

“The plane weighs so much that it needed a special tow bar,” he said. “We had to wait for a tow bar to be shipped from San Antonio here.”

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.

According to the airport’s flight status tracker, all incoming and outgoing flights are back on schedule today.

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