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Power Outage Delays Flights

ATLANTA (AP) _ Operations have returned to normal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport more than three hours after a fire in an electrical closet caused a power outage and led to flight delays and cancellations.

Airport spokesman Herschel Grangent says power was restored by 10 a.m. and Concourse C was reopened.

The fire reported around 6:30 a.m. in the closet was out and no injuries were reported. Grangent says no evacuations were reported.

Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Betsy Talton said about 120 flights, both incoming and outgoing, had experienced delays. She says those flights are mainly operated by ASA, a regional connection carrier for Delta.

Talton says crews worked to process passengers manually and get them out as quickly as possible.

Company spokesman Tad Hutcheson says AirTran Airways has 22
gates on Concourse C, representing two-thirds of the airline's
operation in Atlanta. He says by 9 a.m., AirTran had canceled 38 flights to and from Atlanta before those flights took off.

Hutcheson says another two flights were diverted to alternate airports while in the air, and three flights were returned to their gates after taxiing on the runway.

He says operations were running normally at AirTran's 11 gates on Concourse D.


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