There is an accident on the runway, for example, the aircraft is disabled on it, so, the runway is_________. The runway is flooded, or there is oil spill on it, so, the runway is______. Closed? Unserviceable?


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In the US, you would use "closed". From the FAA's Pilot/Controller Glossary:

CLOSED RUNWAY− A runway that is unusable for aircraft operations. Only the airport management/ military operations office can close a runway

And this is part of the example ATIS broadcast from the same document:

Left approach in use, Runway Two Five Right closed, advise you have Alfa.

I don't know if ICAO uses a different term, but "closed" is probably going to be clear to most pilots (and non-pilots, for that matter).

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    $\begingroup$ Occasionally I'll hear over ATIS "Runway XY closed for snow removal" or painting, or whatever, they don't have to explain it, but at my local airport they run through the airport NOTAM's on the ATIS. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Oct 4, 2017 at 20:54

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