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"Chaos Amid Air Traffic Control Power Outage"

July 21, 2006

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a power failure at a major California control center that disrupted hundreds of commercial flights and delayed the test launch of a missile.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center lost power for two hours after a pickup truck hit a power pole. The center automatically began operating on back-up generators, until those failed an hour later and the building went dark.

The “Worst” Possible Scenario

Bruce Bates, one of the center’s controllers, described the event as “absolutely the worst scenario you can think of. For a while, the aircraft were up there flying blind.”

Controllers were forced to use their cell phones – ordinarily required to be turned off in the control room – to contact other control towers, asking them to issue warnings to aircraft.

The Outcome

The center is responsible for directing high-altitude aircraft in Southern California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona. As a result of the outage, nearly 350 flights were grounded, delayed, or diverted and more than 25,000 passengers affected.

Also affected was the test launch of a Minuteman III missile, which was delayed for a day because air traffic control could not clear the airspace.

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