Power Outage Near LAX Temporarily Impacts Airport

No flights were canceled due to the outage, but some flights were delayed.

A power outage near Los Angeles International Airport temporarily impacted the airport but terminal operations have returned to normal, authorities said.

It happened Sunday just after 7 p.m. near LAX and it impacted the airport's entire Central Terminal area, as well as some adjacent off-airport areas, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.

LADWP spokeswoman Terry Schneider told City News Service the outage originated among nine industrial stations -- terminal banks of transformers that serve large commercial and industrial customers.

Crews on the scene did "some switching to help the clients affected."

Schneider said the cause of the outage was unknown.

Meanwhile, LAX is rebounding from the outage, Castles said.

"Airlines at LAX are reporting almost all of their terminal operations have returned to normal following two momentary power outages," she said.


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"Baggage handling systems in Terminals 3, 5 and 6 and the Tom Bradley International terminal are partially operating," Castles said. "TSA passenger security screening and the customs and immigration areas all are functioning normally. All traffic lights except for one at the entrance to the airport at Century and Sepulveda boulevards are operating, as well as all parking structures.

"The air traffic tower is fully functional, as well as the airfield lights and navigational aids. All flight operations are back to normal," Castles said.

No flights were canceled due to the outage, but some departure flights have been delayed by 30 minutes to an hour, according to Castles, who said it took about an hour for all the airport's computers, security equipment and conveyances to be rebooted and brought back to normal.

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