A cracked section of a runway at Oakland International Airport prompted an emergency repair and shutdown for more than two hours today, Oakland airport officials said.

At 10:10 a.m., a pilot reported an issue on the airport's 10,000-foot-long runway.

An airport operations crew went to check the runway and found that a small section of the pavement had cracked and fallen apart, creating a hole about 2 feet in diameter and 4 inches deep, officials said.

The hole required emergency repairs, and the runway was closed until 12:45 p.m., officials said.

The shutdown caused only slight delays to arriving and departing flights, with longer taxiing times to reach a more distant runway, according to the airport.

There were no flight cancellations because of the repair work.

The repairs are temporary, and a permanent fix will need to be made at a yet-to-be-determined date, airport officials said.



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