Operations Return to Normal at DCA After an Airport-Wide Power Outage

Aug 16, 2018

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Passengers were left in the dark Wednesday night at Reagan National Airport (DCA) — literally. However, power has since been restored as of Thursday after the airport-wide outage left terminals completely dark and lasted more than an hour on Wednesday night. Airport officials said it stemmed from an issue with Dominion Energy.

According to a tweet from David Botkins, a Dominion Energy spokesman, the nearly 90-minute power outage likely resulted from an underground equipment failure. The outage caused some flight delays but with the help of generators, planes were able to takeoff and land. Andrew Trull, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman, told NBC Washington that passengers used air stairs and some airport workers hand-delivered baggage. As of Thursday morning, power was officially returned to DCA and operations returned to normal.

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