Power outage shuts down nation’s busiest airport


80 to 100 planes have been grounded at Atlanta’s busy airport due to a power outage, ABC News confirmed.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, suffered a power outage at around 1 p.m. Sunday. Airport personnel, Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials and Georgia Power staff are on the scene to respond and restore service, a spokesman told ABC News.

“I don’t know how long its been out but we’ve been standing here in the dark for about 35 minutes,” traveler Kate Murphy told ABC News.

Another traveler described the scary scene in the blackout inside the terminals.

“The lights flickered once. That was really scary,” Muhammad Saeed said. “And then they flickered again and they didn’t come back. And it’s been about an hour now and it’s just pitch darkness in the airport.”

It’s unclear how widespread the outage is or what caused it.


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