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How Planes & Airports in The Tri-Cities Handle These Windy Conditions

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PASCO, WA - When the winds are as strong as they were on Tuesday in the Tri-Cities, we wanted to find out what local airports are doing about flights.

We talked with the director of the Tri-Cities Airport, and he says they are still running flights like normal.

The big commercial planes can handle taking off and landing in the high winds.

"The control tower has information and data coming in continually from the National Weather Service out of Pendleton. This storm that we are experiencing may be a little above average, but it's nothing that is going to get in the way of safety," says Ron Foraker, Tri-Cities Airport Director.

Things were a bit different for some of the smaller airports. Bergstrom Aircraft in Pasco says when the winds get too high it is just too dangerous for pilots of the smaller planes to go up.

"Most pilots are safe with their decisions, so they decide, hey, my life is more valuable than going up in these extremely windy conditions. So all flights are canceled at Bergstrom today," says Laura Young, Pilot & Employee at Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc.