Mystery fire at Charleston runway delays Saturday flights (Update: Blame Boeing)

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Update: The cause has been found.

Those taking Saturday afternoon flights to and from Charleston International Airport had a nasty surprise: runway delays, diversion, and closure from 4:07 to 5:41.

A departing flight hit mystery debris that sparked a small grass fire just off the runway.

The Post and Courier has a short report (paywall).

A runway closure is never a good thing, and Charleston usually has two, but one was already closed for repair and renovation since June 18.

Update: The cause of the fire is being attributed a mystery object that dropped out of a Boeing 787 undergoing engine tests.

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