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NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- All incoming and outgoing flights were on hold for about three hours at Norfolk International Airport due to a disabled aircraft on the runway.

Steve Sterling, Deputy Executive Director at ORF, said the airport received an emergency field alert from the FAA Norfolk Tower at around 10:45 a.m. reporting that a Malibu Piper Aircraft that had just taken off had lost power. It was forced to return to the airport, where it ended up having to land on its belly on the main runway.

"The aircraft sustained structural damage and is being removed by crane. Upon removal of the crane, crews will remove the debris and inspect the runway before reopening the runway," Sterling said in his initial statement.

Sterling reported that the plane had been removed and the runway reopened at around 1:40 pm.

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