The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) runway reopened after a short closure due to a minor aircraft incident.
At 3:03pm on Thursday, May 24, 2012, the Asheville Regional Airport Authority Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a call regarding a hard landing on the runway by a helicopter. Two people were on board, and no injuries were reported.
The disabled helicopter was in the safety zone of the runway, which could not be reopened until the helicopter was removed, per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
The runway reopened at 4:23pm. One flight was cancelled, and one was diverted.