KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/CBS46)-- An airport-wide power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport canceled several flights in Atlanta Sunday.
Crews said the outage may have resulted from a fire that caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility, according to a statement released by the airport. The fire was extinguished.
Investigators said Georgia Power believes the fire also impacted substations serving the airport.
Several airliners tweeted about the cancellations, as Atlanta police were assisting with crowd control and helping manage traffic around the airport, CBS46 reported.
Due to an airport-wide power outage at Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), We have cancelled all remaining operations today, December 17. For more information visit: https://t.co/9CizTPhyak pic.twitter.com/8QLS2wEqkR— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) December 17, 2017
1/2 The #FAA has put in a ground stop for flights headed to @ATLairport due to a power outage affecting the airport terminals. The FAA Tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working.— The FAA (@FAANews) December 17, 2017
Delta Airlines issued travel waivers to customers flying to, from or through Atlanta.
According to Flightware.com, the power outage has caused the following:
Total delays today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 580
Total delays within, into, or out of the United States today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 580
Total cancellations today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 619
Total cancellations within, into, or out of the United States today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 619