Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta — the busiest airport in the world — lost power on Sunday reportedly leaving some passengers trapped in planes and inside the airport terminals.
“The FAA tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working,” the federal agency said in a statement.
Airport officials told NBC News that an electrical issue at a Georgia substation “has impacted the power at the airport” and that a large portion of the airport had been affected.
Georgia Power sent repair teams to the scene to work on the issue, and they had been there since 1:30 p.m. ET, officials said.
1/2 The #FAA has put in a ground stop for flights headed to @ATLairport due to a power outage affecting the airport terminals. The FAA Tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working.
— The FAA (@FAANews) December 17, 2017
Delta airlines, which is headquartered in Atlanta, said they were aware of the power outage. Flight disruptions were expected and passengers should check the status of their flight, the airliner said.
According to NBC News affiliate WXIA, the outage reached the entire airport and affected the train connecting the terminals.
Power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world’s busiest airport, has left thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded https://t.co/fJxDFgx59K pic.twitter.com/ABIlE0PCOq
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 17, 2017
Wifi and cell service also weren’t fully operational, WXIA reported.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) December 17, 2017
According to the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson serves approximately 275,000 passengers and averages 2,500 flight arrivals and departures every day.
According to the FAA, approximately 80-100 aircraft are currently parked on taxiways and runway 9R in Atlanta awaiting gates due to loss of power in the terminal buildings.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 17, 2017