Fire may have caused Atlanta Airport power outage, airport says


ATLANTA, Ga. (WSB-TV) – The FAA ordered a ground stop on all flights headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday afternoon due to a power outage.

Atlanta fire rescue officials say flights, security checkpoints and plane taxiing delays are affecting thousands due to the outage. Airport officials and Georgia Power are working to fix the power outage. Channel 2 Action News has also learned Atlanta Fire units are on standby.

According to FlightAware, all inbound flights are being held until at least 4 p.m. Sunday. International flights into Atlanta are being diverted to other airports.

The Airport tweeted that power was restored to one concourse.

The outage was reported at the world’s busiest airport at 1:15 Sunday afternoon. The cause of the outage is unclear at this time.

The Airport also tweeted that a fire might be the cause of the outage and that they are working with Georgia Power to restore power.

A Delta Air Lines pilot told passengers a construction crew cut a power line, causing the outage, but an airport spokesman, Andy Gobeil, said officials still weren’t sure.

“We have not determined what caused it,” Gobeil said. Atlanta fire officials and others are “trying to determine how long it will take to get everything up and running.”

Delta Air Lines’ official Twitter account tweeted “flight disruptions are expected as a result and customers are encouraged to check the status of their flight.”Flight delays from Nashville to Atlanta can be found here. 

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