Bay Area flights back on time after SoCal outage

Flights are running on time again in the Bay Area after a massive power failure in Southern California delayed several flights coming in and out of the region.

San Francisco International Airport reported several delays Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning after a massive, two-hour power failure at Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale.

The power failure was reported at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday and is still under investigation, according to the FAA.

SFO had 12 to 15 arrival delays and 12 to 15 departure delays ranging from half an hour to 90 minutes. There were further delays on flights arriving from the East Coast because of thunderstorms, according to airport duty manager Denis Richardson.

“We had a pretty packed baggage area, but there wasn’t any chaos,” Richardson said.

SFO is designated as an alternate airport for inbound trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights coming from LAX, Richardson said. On Tuesday night, the airport took in an inbound flight from London that landed and refueled there, while passengers sat tight in the plane. Another circled until it was able to land at LAX.

Eleven flights destined for Southern California were held on the ground at Mineta San Jose International Airport, according to spokeswoman Marina Renneke.

But everything was back on schedule by 6:30 Wednesday morning, spokesman Rich Dressler said.

Nine flights were affected at Oakland International Airport, spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said, and everything there was also running on time again by Wednesday morning.

tramroop@examiner.com

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