Airport runway lights back on after electrical issue
BATON ROUGE - The runway lights are back on after an electrical shortage shut them off Sunday night.
Several flights were either delayed or cancelled all together as a result of the outage that lasted into early Monday morning when crews were finally able to solve the problem and replace the burned wire.
"I was going to arrive late last night," said Jeff Franklin, whose flight was delayed to Baton Rouge. "I was stuck in Charlotte for the night, so I was able to get the first flight out this morning."
The short impacted seven flights in and out of Baton Rouge. Airport officials say typically this wouldn't be a problem, but since one of two runways is closed for upgrades, flights could not land or take off until the crew could fix the problem.
"It was an electrical short which took a while to track down and once they found it. Replaced the wire, corrected it and the lights were back on," said Jim Caldwell, spokesperson for the Greater Baton Rouge Airport.
"We have a generator that can provide power to all the systems including the runway lights, but with an electrical short is wasn't an issue of getting power it was an issue of an electrical short," said Caldwell.
Airport officials say they have a generator that can provide power to all of the systems, including the runway, but say the situation wasn't a matter of power, but of locating the burned wire associated with the shortage.
"Typically, if this happens we have two runways each runway the lots are on different regulators and one doesn't effect the other, so normally with both runways in operations it wouldn't be an issue but it could happen again of course," said Caldwell.
The other runway under construction should be complete by September.