Passengers stuck at Denver airport following hail

DENVER — More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport today, a day after hail damaged about 40 planes and stranded about 1,000 passengers overnight.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says all damaged planes had to be evaluated, which slowed operations. She says an unknown number of planes had to be taken out of service because of damage.

The airport was pummeled by three-quarter-inch hail for about 15 minutes Wednesday night.

Among those stranded at the airport was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He tweeted that he slept on the floor of a conference room after airport staff got him a blanket and pillow.

The airport didn’t distribute cots and blankets to all passengers because airlines didn’t request help accommodating them. About 200 people typically spend the night at the airport.


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