Ground stop lifted at Hobby Airport after jet departed without permission, caused collision

Several departing flights were cancelled while a ground stop was issued to clean debris from the collision.

Hobby Airport entrance
Chris Paul/Houston Public Media
Hobby Airport entrance

A ground stop at Houston’s Hobby Airport was lifted yesterday evening just hours after two private jets collided on a runway.

The collision happened after one jet departed without permission around 4 p.m. and the two jets clipped wings, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

No injuries were reported in the incident, according to the administration.

A ground stop was issued and the airfield was shut down, William P. Hobby Airport announced in a social media post at 4:13 p.m. yesterday. The aircrafts were declared fire-safe by the Houston Fire Department, but the airfield was closed because of debris caused by the accident, according to the post.

By 7 p.m. last night, the debris was cleared from the airfield and the airport restored flight operations.

Dozens of departing flights were cancelled because of the collision.