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Dozens of interisland flights delayed by airport power outage

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:24 p.m. HST, Feb 21, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines said it was close to clearing a daylong backlog of flight delays — caused by a three-hour airport power outage this morning — about 5 p.m.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Keoni Wagner said that 75 Hawaiian interisland flights, outbound and inbound, have been affected by the power disruption. The airline was nearly back on schedule at 5 p.m., he said.

State Department of Transportation crews restored electrical power to the Honolulu Airport Interisland Terminal about 7:30 this morning after a three-hour outage.

Hawaiian Airlines put into service two spare aircraft and has called in reserve flight crews in an effort to get flights back on schedule, Wagner said.

Flight delays ranged from six minutes to 2 and a half hours, Wagner said. In addition, the airline held back a flight to Los Angeles for about an hour to wait for connecting passengers, he said.

Daniel Meisenzahl, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said a breaker malfunction caused the power outage. He said the airport had completed testing its emergency electrical generation system at 4 this morning when the power went out in the Interisland Terminal. Other areas of the airport were not affected.

Meisenzahl said the doors to the jetways lock down without power. Crews managed to open the jetway doors manually so that flights could leave and passengers could disembark.

The power went out about 4:30 a.m.

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Anonymous wrote:
Only in backwards Honolulu would there not be a generator on standby that would instantly kick in to resolve this problem. Must be the same guythat is in charge of escalator repairs
on February 21,2012 | 05:54AM
allie wrote:
HECO is America's worst power company. Expensive and unreliable energy
on February 21,2012 | 08:31AM
kkmin wrote:
The story says that it was a DOT problem...not HECO's.
on February 21,2012 | 10:02AM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Maybe, but it's fun to blame HECO....couldn't have been them anyway...no storm coming along to help leverage contract negotiations....
on February 21,2012 | 11:17AM
LRC wrote:
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on February 21,2012 | 11:31AM
kulaman wrote:
Third paragraph says power was restored at 7:30am...
on February 21,2012 | 02:58PM
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