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Power outage disrupts Charlotte airport

A power outage at the control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport briefly disrupted air traffic Tuesday, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a power surge knocked out electricity to the airport’s control tower and radar tracking facilities for about 10 minutes. Emergency generators switched on about 10:10 a.m., a spokeswoman said, and operations soon returned to normal.

During the outage at Charlotte Douglas, an FAA facility in Georgia handled inbound flights that were arriving in Charlotte. The FAA reported some flights were delayed 15 minutes or more, as a traffic management program was put in place.

The FAA is continuing to look into the incident. Charlotte Douglas is a major domestic hub for American Airlines, with about 650 flights a day operated by the carrier.

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