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RDU Experiences Diverted Flight, Power Outage

Posted May 3, 2007

— An Americans Airline flight headed to Norfolk, Va., made an unscheduled landing Thursday morning at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The plane was forced to land short of its destination because some runway lights weren't working at Norfolk International Airport, officials said.

In an unrelated matter, some customers met unexpected long lines in the RDU ticketing areas because parts of Terminal C lost power. A spokeswoman said the airport was testing a back-up generator when the power went out.

As of 8:15 a.m., all power had been restored.


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  • Travised May 4, 2007

    Technically if the beacon is off that means the field is closed. If no light you assume the same unless told to land by radio. We had to divert 8 miles once due to the beacon being burnt out. Drove to the other field, and checked in, turns out they had no clue it was out. Others were still LANDING when by procedure they should not have been.

    They turn off the beacon if they are plowing, maintaining the field, or other operations (mowing) that may impose a hazard for aircrafts in or outbound. Not all times do they place it on their local asos/awas from the field... pilots don't always check for updates.

    Generator checks should be minimal monthly to verify they work in case of need.

  • gratefultoGOD May 3, 2007

    time to spare.. go by air!!!

  • blindasabat May 3, 2007

    Smart...nothing like doing a test right before the busiest time of the day.Who did the scheduling..Lindo Tippet?

  • StraightNifonged May 3, 2007

    not news

  • chivegas May 3, 2007

    RDU has diversions nearly everyday. Why is that newsworthy?