Holiday Power Outage at Atlanta Airport

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) airport suffered a holiday power outage at the Atlanta airport on Sunday Dec 17th, 2017 that disrupted travel for thousands of passengers.  Georgia Power’s investigation determined that the 11 hour blackout was traced to a fire in electrical switchgear, but the backup power cables were routed in the same tunnel and damaged by the same fire.  This utility tunnel carries seven feeders from two separate substations to the airport.

ATL is the world’s busiest airport, carrying over 100 million passengers per year.  This outage occurred during the busy holiday season, canceling over 1,100 flights Sunday and Monday while an estimated 30,000 people were at the airport.

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Georgia Power provided this photo of the burned cables in the ATL airport (AP Photo)