Forest fire smoke shuts down airport in Honduras

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Associated Press

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 13 at 9:00 PM

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The main airport for Honduras' capital has been closed for several hours because smoke from forest fires reduced visibility.

Civil aviation agency spokesman Ezequiel Oliva says visibility fell to about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) during the closure Saturday.

The Toncontin airport outside Tegucigalpa was closed for about four hours, affecting about 500 passengers.

Almost a hundred fires have burned in the pine-covered hills around the capital this week. Four such closures have affected Toncontin and two other airports in the space of a month.

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