Power restored at Reagan National after ‘airport wide’ outage


Digital Directorship – Cybersecurity: Electrical Grid

Power restored at Reagan National after ‘airport wide’ outage

WASHINGTON TOP NEWS: By Teta Alim | August 16, 2018

Regan Airport Lights back on
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.

 Related Article Links:
Jan 20, 2019:Finally, a Breakthrough in Cyber Security Protection
Jan 26, 2019:Cyber-Hijacking Campaign Sets off Global Government Alarm Bells
Feb 01, 2019:Secrecy Reigns as NERC Fines Utilities $10M citing Serious Cyber Risks
Jun 12, 2017: CRASH OVERRIDE: The Malware that Took Down a Power Grid
Jan 03, 2019:Did IoT Cyberattacks cause NY Power Transformers to Explode?
Dec 28, 2019:New York sky turns bright blue after transformer explosion.
Jan 01, 2019:Your data was probably stolen in cyberattack in 2018
Jan 22, 2019:Cyber Attacks are leading to US Navy Collisions
Dec 28, 2018: Did IoT Cyberattacks cause NY Power Transformers to Explode?
Mar 15, 2018:Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says
Mar 15, 2018: Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants
Nov 28, 2018:Russian Hackers Haven’t Stopped Probing the US Power Grid
Jun 07, 2018:The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought
Dec 03, 1018:TOP 10 of the world's largest cyberattacks
Dec 15, 2017: A New Industrial Hack Highlights the Cyber Holes in Our Infrastructure

Read full article at WTOP website …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Richard Spangenberg

About the Author: Richard Spangenberg, CEO and Executive Director of Digital Directorship & board member at several companies, is a senior c-suite level executive, innovative strategic marketing leader, and digital/big data/AI specialist familiar with digital transformation, cybersecurity, startups, and social media integration to existing programs.