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Monroe morning frost grounds planes

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MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - The cold temperatures and early Tuesday morning frost prevented several planes from taking off out of Monroe Regional Airport.

Airport Director Ron Phillips told KNOE 8 News that airlines like Delta were experiencing delays.

Phillips also said that de-icing equipment owned by the airlines wasn't working either.

"We just received a report Delta Airlines had a problem with their de-icing tower and once they were able to get that problem resolved there shouldn't be a problem de-icing planes going forward," Phillips said. "Hopefully they will be able to get the people on another flight heading out."

Frustrated passengers were calling into the KNOE 8 News station, claiming they had been waiting hours for their plane.

Other airlines like American Airlines would not tell KNOE 8 News any details unless we contacted their corporate office.

The airlines let the sun thaw the planes out naturally and it appeared that by 9 a.m. that all flights had taken off but passengers who contacted our station claimed they had been waiting since before 7 a.m.

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