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Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers

19 December 2017, 11:11 | Melanie Burgess

Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers

Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers

When he got to his hotel where he could charge his phone, he made a point of sending a note to each of them, "thanking them for their concerns, letting them know I was all right, and Merry Christmas, and God bless them", he said. The fire caused multiple faults that led to the full blackout at 1:06 p.m.

Brosnan said people should remain alert in the wake of the complete outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Georgia, even though it was not terror-related. Others navigated through the airport in the dark.

FAA rules require airports that handle scheduled commercial passenger flights to create an emergency plan that covers events such as structural fires and specifies which agencies handle crowd control. The utility provider for the airport, said the fire damaged an underground electrical facility and cut power to a substation there.

Although firefighters responded to the fire shortly after it sparked around 12:45 p.m., it took about two hours to investigate and extinguish the blaze and hours more to clear the tunnels of noxious fumes, Reed said, before utility officials could inspect and begin to fix the damage. Southwest Airlines cancelled all of its flights in and out of Atlanta. The airport's two terminals are set up with electrical zones, "so that an electrical failure in one zone won't cause a failure in another", he said. "You had no idea where to go, they just said get out".

"It was like they were totally unprepared", said Jim Hollingsworth. "I'm ready to get my Big Red and my Bill Millers".

Biscaro did get her bags in Raleigh after waiting a few hours for the next flight to arrive. Stores stopped serving food and passengers were evacuated to alleviate crowding.

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Travelers arriving in Mobile Monday morning from Atlanta were glad to be home. An estimated 30,000 people were affected by the power outage, Atlanta's mayor said. "Four hours on the tarmac, coming from Louisville".

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One of those people was a retired Maine State Trooper, who now lives just outside of Bangor. "No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the statement said.

After the interview, LeBron said he walked across the street to a McDonald's restaurant that was out of food and packed with stranded travelers, many sleeping on the floors.

"There was a woman in a wheelchair who was going to be stranded by herself, traveling by herself until another family jumps in to help her", Preheim said.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated when the FAA grounded flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Almost 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day.

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