Sky Harbor power outage delays some flights; electricity back on

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Things are back to normal at Sky Harbor International Airport after fire caused a power outage that left portions of Terminal 3 in the dark Sunday night.

It started at about 8 p.m. A fire broke out in a manhole, cutting electricity to Sky Harbor's Terminal 3. According to Arizona Public Service, a defective underground cable was to blame. Crews had the power back on about two hours later.

There was not much traffic moving through that terminal at the time, so the impact was not as bad as it might have been.

While the power was off, there was emergency lighting inside the terminal so passengers weren’t left completely in the dark. While there was some dim light, escalators stopped and restaurants were powerless. The air conditioner also was out of commission during the outage.

“The garage was pitch-black, very dark” said Cheryl Canning, who was waiting for a flight. “They hand-wrote our ticket with the time and date to make sure we paid for parking in the pitch-black garage.”

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Sun Country Airlines all fly in and out of Terminal 3.

Only five incoming flights were delayed by the outage. They were not able to taxi to their assigned gates so they were diverted to Terminal 2. Outbound flights and the control tower were not affected, said an airport spokesman.

Things got back on track quickly once the power was restored to Terminal 3 and it was business as usual Monday morning.