The project to repair the 20-year-old runways at the St. Thomas airport has again resulted in a shutdown of a runway and prevented large planes from landing for several hours.
Newly laid runway, although given time to cure and then tested, proved no match for the jet blast from a departing plane. A chunk of the pavement crumbled in the exhaust. The runway was closed for about three hours.
This is at least the second time the repair effort has run into a problem. The first resulted in eight-hour delays for some flights.
The repair project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.