Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Explosions rock Brussels airport, metro system

Updated at 10:00 p.m. PDT Mar. 22

A series of explosions Tuesday morning Brussels rocked Zavantem Airport (BRU) and the Maelbeek Metro station near central Brussels.

Both the airport and Metro systems were shut down as a result and Belgium’s prime minister told people to stay at home.

Estimates said at least 30 people were killed and more than 230 injured. The first two of three blasts rocked the airport’s departure area about 8:15 a.m. local time and the third, reportedly a suicide bomber, struck the Metro about 9:11 a.m. More than 130 are reported injured.

The Brussels airport remains closed for any flights to and from BRU in Belgium and airport officials say BRU will remain closed through at least Wednesday.

"Because the forensic investigation is still underway, we currently have no access to the building. It is therefore impossible for us to assess the damage," airport officials said in a statement on the Zaventem website, adding that In the course of Wednesday we will assess when the operations can be resumed."

Delta Air Lines Boeing 767
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) issued a communique indicating that “[L]ocal leaders have confirmed the safety of all crew members and ground employees,” and that. “The airport team is in the process of confirming the safety of all customers.”

Delta's flight 80 from Atlanta (ATL) to BRU, a Boeing (NYSE:BA) 767-300ER with 151 passengers and 11 crew, landed safely at the airport and was directed to a remote area where passengers and crew deplaned safely. Delta's flight DL42, a Boeing 767-300ER with 144 passengers and 11 crew, from New York (JFK) to BRU was diverted to Amsterdam (AMS).

ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but authorities said it's too soon to say for sure whether the terror group was behind the blasts, according to a report published by CNN.

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