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Midway Airport reopened after power outage affects 85 flights

Updated: June 29, 2012 9:16AM



Midway Airport was temporarily shut down Thursday night and early Friday after an electrical power outage blackened its airfield, city and federal aviation officials said.

An airport equipment problem caused the runway lights to go out about 8:30 p.m., Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said.

The outage forced officials to close the airport at 9:10 p.m., but it was reopened at 12:55 a.m. Friday and electrical power was restored to the runways at 1:19 a.m., Pride said.

In all, she said 85 flights were affected, but added that it was fortunate the outage happened at the end of the day so few flights and passengers were affected.

“During this outage, the safety of planes and passengers were the high priorities for the Chicago Department of Aviation,” she said. “Midway airport operations staff escorted the aircraft back to the terminal building to allow passengers to deplane.”

Extra airport and airline staff would be on hand Friday morning to help with the “larger than usual passenger volume,” and Pride advised those flying out of Midway airport Friday morning to contact airlines to check the status of their flights.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire



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