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Power restored at Reagan National after ‘airport wide’ outage
WASHINGTON TOP NEWS: By Teta Alim | August 16, 2018
Officials are still investigating the cause of a power outage that plunged much of Reagan National Airport
into darkness Wednesday night, but power was restored shortly after 11 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A power outage plunged much of Reagan National Airport into darkness Wednesday night, though it was restored shortly after 11 p.m.
Charles Penn, a spokesman for Dominion Power, said Thursday that an underground equipment failure was the culprit.The airport tweeted about the outage around 9:50 p.m., describing the outage as “airport wide.”
The outage affected air traffic control. The airport tweeted around 10:40 p.m. that flights were operating but that boarding and deplaning was slow since the power outage was affecting mechanical systems.
One of the generators did start smoking at one point, bringing firefighters to the scene, but it was resolved.
Dominion Power is investigating the cause of a late-night power outage in and around Reagan National Airport on Wednesday that grounded a couple flights and plunged passengers into darkness at their gates, officials said.
Charles Penn, a spokesman for the utility company, said a preliminary finding showed there was an “equipment failure” involving a switch, but he could not provide more details because the investigation is ongoing “It’s highly unusual,” said Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, to have an airport-wide power outage. About 275 customers in the surrounding area also lost electricity about 9:30 p.m., officials said
On social media, passengers wrote about being personally handed their luggage by airport personnel due to the loss of baggage carousels. Others tweeted about having to navigate a busy terminal in the dark.