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Berlin Tegel airport closed by World War II bomb, flights land at Berlin Brandenburg

15:50, Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
Berlin Tegel airport closed by World War II bomb, flights land at Berlin Brandenburg

Air traffic above the German capital was thrown into chaos by the discovery of an unexploded bomb. Diversions meant Berlin's new unfinished airport had a first taste of action since work started over 10 years ago.
     The discovery of a World War II forced the closure of Berlin's Tegel airport (TXL) on Tuesday night.
     About 24 flights were diverted from the inner-city airport to Schönefeld airport (SXF) in the city's southeast as police disarmed the Russian-made dud.
     But SXF was so swamped by the incoming aircraft that flights were forced to use runways at the nearby Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), which is still under construction.Passengers were stranded outside the deserted BER terminals as they waited for a means to disembark the aircraft. Passengers shared images and details of their situation.
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     Twitter users complained of being stranded at BER without stairs or buses. "Stairs? We need some stairs here at BER immediately," one user quipped.
     Other users shared images of the air traffic chaos above Berlin.Police announced the discovery of the 100-kilogram (220-pound) bomb in the late afternoon and sent bomb defusal specialists. Two hours later TXL announced anticipated disruptions to its service due to the bomb. The bomb also led to the closure of the U7 metro line.

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