Newark Airport Power Outage Delays Flights

February 7, 2011

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Electrical power was knocked out on Monday at Newark Liberty Airport, delaying some flights, due to the local utility upgrading equipment, authorities said.

The power outage affected Terminals A, B and C at the airport, delaying some outbound flights, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which runs the airport.

Inbound flights arrived normally, the Port Authority said.

The airport's AirTrain, which connects commuter trains, parking areas, terminals and other facilities, also was affected during the outage, authorities said.

The outage lasted from about 2:30 pm until about 4 pm local time, said authorities with the utility.

The outage was caused by an equipment failure at a switching station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the utility said.

"The problem occurred while the electricity company was upgrading the switching station in time for peak summer load," it said in a statement.

During the outage, the airport used a backup power source, the Port Authority said.

(Reuters)