Nearly half the gates in Charlotte Douglas International airport’s E concourse were shut down Wednesday night after an electrical issue with a moving walkway caused smoke to fill the area.
Early Wednesday evening, the airport had bussed roughly 150 passengers from five aircrafts to avoid the concourse.
Images from WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner showed smoke filling the concourse and airport officials escorting travelers away.
Passengers were being diverted around the area of the smoke. Arriving passengers were being bused to unaffected gates. E concourse handles flights by many of USAirways regional jets.
Firefighters received an emergency call just before 5 p.m. No one was reported injured and airport officials say the incident has been contained.
It was unclear when the concourse would be completely reopened.
The fire was the second mishap at the airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier, bees swarming equipment that nudges planes from the gate grounded an Indianapolis-bound US Airways jet at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
By 3:45 p.m., passengers had been aboard Flight 2690 – but stuck at the gate – for more than two hours as temperatures inside the aircraft climbed while airport officials scrambled to find a beekeeper.
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