"As soon as I got, the lights flickered a couple times and it just went out", said Tom Perkins of Dedham. The fire caused multiple faults that led to the full blackout at 1:06 p.m. And the effects were felt at other airports around the country.
Georgia Power, the utility that provides Hartsfield-Jackson with electricity, said in a statement Monday that "a piece of Georgia Power switchgear located in an underground electrical facility could have failed and started a fire".
He said the fire happened in a service tunnel deep under the airport, so it never posed a danger to anyone. Her flight was canceled twice. 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.
Dr. Martha Brewer, an OB-GYN from Atlanta, and her wife were scheduled to fly to New York's JFK Airport to catch a flight to Barcelona.
Renner said they've had their bags packed and ready to go for days now, telling us she just found out last night their flight to Atlanta was cancelled. Clerks, he said, were trying to pull down the gates to close the stores but were overpowered by people forcing them open. "However, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working", it said.
"No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the company said.
Travelers stranded overnight in Atlanta arrived Monday at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, tired but relieved to finally be at their destination.
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The control tower did not lose power because it has a separate electrical feed, and planes that were in the air and close to Atlanta when the blackout hit were allowed to land.
And so were others who waited more than 15-hours to board their plane. The Delta check-in process was organized and lines were moving, she wrote.
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. In rare cases, some passengers won't arrive until Thursday, he said. The outage grounded all of the hub's outgoing flights and halted incoming traffic for tens of thousands of travelers hoping to land there.is reporting that 1,180 flight were canceled as a result.
LeBron was changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on his way home from Albuquerque, where the Colorado State University football team played in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.
Overall, the incident affected one thousand one hundred and fifty departing or arriving flights. Customers are being offered re-bookings without fare differences, he said.
And meanwhile, until the FAA called for a ground stop at 3:28 p.m., planes kept landing.