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Power Outage Disrupts Midway Airport

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 29, 2012 2:00PM

Photo Credit: vxla

All things are getting back to normal at Midway Airport this morning after an electrical power outage affected runway lights at the World's Busiest Square Mile Thursday night and early Friday.

An issue with an airfield lighting vault led to flickering lights on the runways, forcing airport authorities to shut down Midway around 9:10 p.m. The shutdown affected 85 flights. Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said the flights bound for departure were safely escorted back to terminals. A ComEd spokesperson said the cause of the outage was an equipment failure at the airport, but wouldn't specify. Passengers scheduled to leave and arrive at the airport were not happy.