Midway Airport reopens after power outage

June 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

CHICAGO, June 29 (UPI) -- Airlines worked to get flight operations back to normal Friday after a power outage closed Chicago's Midway Airport for nearly 4 hours, officials said.

The trouble began about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in an electrical vault that powers the airport's runway lights. The lights flickered out and officials shut down the South Side airport for safety reasons, the Chicago Tribune reported.

About 85 flights were affected with incoming planes diverted to other airports, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Departing aircraft were eventually sent back to the terminals where passengers deplaned.

Electrical power was restored to the airport's runway lights shortly after 1 a.m. causing delays for scheduled Friday morning flights.

Passengers were advised to call their airlines to check on the status of their flights.

A power company spokeswoman said utility crews determined the outage was caused by an equipment failure at the airport, the newspaper said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Ex-Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening seeks forgiveness from God