Atlanta airport power outage causes big commotion
On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, power was restored at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta at around 11:45 p.m. Eastern Standard time; this came after 11 hours of no power at the airport. Some passengers were trapped inside of airport terminals and planes on the tarmac for hours.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, the airport lost power shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern Standard time, NBC News reported. According to multiple sources, over 1,500 flights were either cancelled or delayed going to or from the airport.
A fire started in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility, and that caused the power outage at the airport, Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed said. According to CNN, “the electrical fire's intensity damaged two substations serving the airport, including the airport's ‘redundant system’ that should have provided backup power, Reed said.”
The heat and dangerous fumes from the electrical fires prevented firefighters and electrical workers from accessing the substations in the underground tunnel for about two hours, so the restoration process had to wait two hours to begin, according to NBC News.
"I want to express my sincere apologies to the thousands of passengers whose day has been disrupted in this manner. We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away," Reed said during a news conference NBC News reported.