Air Traffic Control Forced to Use Backup Power at LAX During Brief Loss of Electricity

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Two brief power outages Sunday evening disrupted travelers at Los Angeles International Airport, and officials were investigating what caused the momentary loss of electricity.

The 100-foot LAX Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport are lit green on March 23, 2013. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The 100-foot LAX Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport are lit green on March 23, 2013. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The power outages occurred around 7 p.m. in the airport’s central terminal and were “blips” in electrical service, lasting 1 to 2 seconds each, according to Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman for L.A. World Airports.

LAX’s operations center and air traffic control unit lost power for six to eight minutes but switched to backup power systems, Castles said. No other facilities required emergency power, she said.

Some areas around LAX were also believed to be affected, according to Terry Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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