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JUST IN: ‘Electrical Panel Failure’ Causes Fire & Power Outage at JFK Airport


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Air travel at New York City’s JFK Airport was disrupted Thursday as an “electrical panel failure” caused a fire and power outage at Terminal 1.

The power outage impacted Terminal 1’s ability to accept inbound and outbound flights.

“Customers flying out of Terminal 1 in JFK Airport are urged to check with their airlines to check on any possible disruptions. We understand there is a power issue at Terminal 1 that may affect flights coming in or leaving to the terminal itself,” a news report stated.

ABC 7 reported:

The Port Authority said the power outage was caused by an electrical panel failure which also caused a small isolated fire overnight.

The power outage is currently impacting the terminal’s ability to accept inbound and outbound flights.

Terminal 1 serves several international carriers including Air France, Korean Air and Lufthansa.

According to Flight Aware, there are a total of 75 international flights delayed and 24 canceled.

“A power outage at JFK Terminal 1 is impacting the terminal’s ability to accept inbound and outbound flights. We are working to accommodate impacted flights using other terminals. Travelers, please check flight status with your airline before heading to the airport,” John F. Kennedy Airport tweeted.

“The power outage was caused by an electrical panel failure, which also caused a small isolated fire overnight that was immediately extinguished,” the airport replied to one Twitter user who asked about the cause of the power outage.

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CNN noted:

The New York Port Authority is currently working to restore power at JFK’s Terminal 1 by working around the circuits that were impacted by the overnight fire, according to a Port Authority official with knowledge of the ongoing outage.

If this method of restoring the power to the terminal is not successful they are prepared to use generator power to get Terminal 1 back online, the Port Authority source added.

The aircraft ramp around Terminal 1 has been closed and is scheduled to reopen Friday morning, according to a notice posted in a Federal Aviation Administration safety database.

The FAA referred questions about the incident to the airport operator. The Transportation Security Administration said: “TSA is eagerly awaiting the power situation to be resolved.”



 

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