Rainwater seepage into generator causes Kolkata airport black-out
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:37
Kolkata: Seepage of rainwater into the emergency back-up generator at the international airport here caused the 10-minue blackout in a runway, affecting flight operations on Monday night, airport officials said here today.

"Preliminary investigations suggest that as the power supply went off, the emergency back-up generator failed to function due to seepage of rainwater, causing a mechanical fault," an airport official told reporters today.

There was total black-out in the runway and the taxiway for 10 minutes, forcing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) to ask two planes to hover in the air and delay take-off by a flight of Air-India and another of Singapore Airlines.

Describing the incident as unprecedented in recent times, the official said rainwater accumulation had been caused problems in the airport area.

They said that the manufacturer of the generator was asked to explain the failure of the machine.

Even after power was restored, the lights in the runway and taxiway continued to flicker, though three flights, including those of Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, took off in this condition.

Airport Director R Srinavasan said the matter was still under investigation, but none was suspended for dereliction of duty.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 00:37

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