Power restored at Reagan National after ‘airport wide’ outage

Reagan National Airport tweeted about an airport-wide power outage shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Brigid Evans via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/be_brig/status/1029910965331132416">@be_brig</a>)
Reagan National Airport tweeted about an airport-wide power outage shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Brigid Evans via Twitter @be_brig) (Courtesy Brigid Evans via Twitter @be_brig)
Travelers at Reagan National Airport sit in the dark on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/sdkb42/status/1029906897447669760">@sdkb42</a>)
Travelers at Reagan National Airport sit in the dark on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter @sdkb42) (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter @sdkb42)
Airport officials did not say when they expected power to be restored. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/sdkb42/status/1029906897447669760">@sdkb42</a>)
Airport officials did not say when they expected power to be fully restored. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter @sdkb42) (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter @sdkb42)
Reagan airport's main concourse had largely returned to normal by dawn on Thursday. (WTOP/John Domen)
Reagan airport’s main concourse had largely returned to normal by dawn on Thursday. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
The lights were back on at Reagan airport on Thursday morning. (WTOP/John Domen)
The lights were back on at Reagan airport on Thursday morning. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Reagan National Airport departures board at 5:30 a.m.
The departures board as of around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, showing no major delays or cancellations hours after the power outage had been resolved. (WTOP/John Domen)(WTOP/John Domen)
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Reagan National Airport tweeted about an airport-wide power outage shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Brigid Evans via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/be_brig/status/1029910965331132416">@be_brig</a>)
Travelers at Reagan National Airport sit in the dark on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/sdkb42/status/1029906897447669760">@sdkb42</a>)
Airport officials did not say when they expected power to be restored. (Courtesy Samuel Breslow via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/sdkb42/status/1029906897447669760">@sdkb42</a>)
Reagan airport's main concourse had largely returned to normal by dawn on Thursday. (WTOP/John Domen)
The lights were back on at Reagan airport on Thursday morning. (WTOP/John Domen)
Reagan National Airport departures board at 5:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A power outage plunged much of Reagan National Airport into darkness Wednesday night, though it was restored shortly after 11 p.m.

Charles Penn, a spokesman for Dominion Power, said Thursday that an underground equipment failure was the culprit.

The airport tweeted about the outage around 9:50 p.m., describing the outage as “airport wide.”

The outage affected air traffic control. The airport tweeted around 10:40 p.m. that flights were operating but that boarding and deplaning was slow since the power outage was affecting mechanical systems.

One of the generators did start smoking at one point, bringing firefighters to the scene, but it was resolved.

“Dominion Power is working understand the root cause of that power disruption,” said Andrew Trull, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, who added that Wednesday’s loss of power was “an absolutely rarity” for the city’s main airport.

On social media, passengers wrote about being personally handed their luggage by airport personnel due to the loss of baggage carousels. Others tweeted about having to navigate a busy terminal in the dark.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and Keara Dowd contributed to this report. 


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