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CHARLESTON (AP) — Yeager Airport is a popular landing spot for unscheduled flights seeking sanctuary from equipment problems, weather or other issues.

Since 2010, equipment problems have diverted at least six flights from their destinations to Yeager. Other flights have made unscheduled landings because of weather or visibility issues at their destinations.

Yeager marketing coordinator Anthony Gilmer tells the Charleston Gazette that the airport attracts unplanned landings because of its location.

The Charleston airport is near two very high frequency omni-directional range stations in Henderson and in South Charleston. These stations serve as waypoints along high-altitude airways. They also are starting points for many standard arrival paths into a number of eastern airports.

Sometimes, pilots don't have time to be selective. They're just looking for the closest airport.

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