Wed, Apr 14, 2004
Power Outage Blamed On Fowl Foul
Tweetie Bird strikes again.
The blackout that affected about 100 flights at Los Angeles
International Airport (CA) Monday appears to have been the work of
a bird on a wire.
That's the word from LAX officials after power was completely
cut to the airport's control tower and air traffic control center.
A 34.5 kilovolt supply line simply stopped working for about ten
seconds at 9:38 am PDT because a bird sitting on the wire touched
some sort of grounded device or line. Although the line
re-energized in seconds, it took hours to revive critical equipment
downed by the outage.
At least, that appears to be the cause. "But we didn't find the
bird on the ground, so it might have flown away," said airport
spokeswoman Carol Tucker.
Travelers and crew members appeared to take the sudden blackout
in stride. "Since 9-11 we've been accustomed to anything happening
at the airport," said TV producer Mickey Ramos, who was waiting for
a client delayed by the outage. "I'm always ready for longer lines,
flights coming in later and gate changes. Anything goes at the
Effects of the brief blackout were felt for about three hours,
until the FAA was able to resume normal operations.
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