Indonesian Airport Blackout Forces Inspection of Airport Systems

9 August 2010 (Last Updated August 9th, 2010 18:30)

The operator of Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Indonesia will conduct a comprehensive inspection of its electrical systems after a third power blackout in recent weeks. The blackout, which lasted for two seconds, delayed 63 flights and shut down crucial flight control systems

The operator of Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Indonesia will conduct a comprehensive inspection of its electrical systems after a third power blackout in recent weeks.

The blackout, which lasted for two seconds, delayed 63 flights and shut down crucial flight control systems on 6 August, according to the Jakarta Post.

Airport management took two hours to manually reset all computers, checkpoint scanners, air traffic control equipment and radar systems, causing long queues of passengers at Terminals 1A and 1B.

PT Angkasa Pura II airport operations director Tri S. Sunoko said other airport operators in the country would also conduct similar audits.

State-owned enterprises minister Mustafa Abubakar has instructed Angkasa Pura and state power company PT PLN to investigate the blackout.

On 3 August, a similar blackout occurred at the airport when a loading crane fell on a power cable at Muara Karang power station in North Jakarta.