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Power back after outage at Memphis International terminal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Power was restored Wednesday at the Memphis International Airport terminal after a 14-hour outage, forcing some 60 flights to be canceled while others were delayed.

Power was back on around 12:40 p.m. CDT after delays were caused when a switch broke and maintenance workers were unable to restore electrical service right away.

A generator was brought in to help at the terminal, but airlines handled baggage by hand and worked around boarding ramps without power, Memphis Airport Authority spokeswoman Janice Young said.

Electricity was taken down around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for planned maintenance. Young said when workers tried to restore it about 4 a.m. Wednesday, a part in the main switch gear failed.

The outage did not affect the airport tower. Flights continued to depart and arrive.       Northwest Air Lines, which operates a hub at the airport and had 200 flights affected, said the average delay was 45 minutes.

"Everything ... slowed down because of the manual operations," Northwest spokesman Rob Laughlin said.

Nine Northwest flights and 50 Pinnacle flights, under the Northwest Airlink operations, were canceled, he said.

Security checkpoints were on emergency power during the outage.

The delay was down to 15 minutes in midafternoon for Northwest flights. Normal schedules were back by 4 p.m.

"It was a Herculean effort by our staff to do everything without power," Laughlin said. "I'm surprised it went as well as it did."


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