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#1 PRR 60

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:14 PM

A failure of presently undetermined/undisclosed origin cut power to Atlanta International Airport.  The outage hit at about 1pm EST and has affected all areas of the airport, landside and airside.  ATL is the busiest airport in the world (by passenger count) and is the major hub for Delta Air Lines. Nothing is moving, either outbound or inbound. 

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:30 PM

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:03 PM

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:53 PM

A female passenger posted a photo of her plane sitting on the tarmac at Hartsfield. She has been there for over 4 hours.  She is headed to Hartford, CT but no way to know how long it will be.  Now if she could get to an Amtrak station in Atlanta, she could train home on the Crescent and a regional. A train ride beats a plane ride... :P


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:54 PM

I’m flying to Arizona in a few days. Thank god I’m not flying today.

Actually Amtrak could get some business because how are they going to accommodate all those passengers who got cancelled today. Flights will be full the next few days...


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:01 PM

Although the Crescent probably has a limited capacity to add passengers on this short a notice.


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:22 PM

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:31 PM

You two are irrepressible nerds. Also, funny.  :giggle:


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:00 PM

You two are irrepressible nerds. Also, funny.  :giggle:

 

We like to think so.


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:45 PM

There is some morbid entertainment in reading the Twitter feeds coming from the Atlanta Airport and Delta Airlines. Lot of upset people out there.

One person said they’d never take Delta again and a response was that the other airlines are also hit so you might as well drive...or take Amtrak.


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:50 PM

I don't get why people are blaming the airlines. It's not their fault the power is out. They're suffering too. I'm sure the pilots and flight attendants have better places to be, just like the passengers.


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:13 AM

The real question is why anyone would want to be in Atlanta?😁😉
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 06:44 AM

There is one thing that unites people all over the world, no matter what; our undying need to affix blame on a singular entity. It doesnt matter that most things like this are an unfortunate confluence of random events; somebody or something must be crucified.

And you know better than to wonder why people are that asinine; they just are.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 08:20 AM

'Twas a fire at the main substation supplying the airport. The power company clearly did not have a business continuity plan for the airport for such an eventuality. maybe the airport did not plan for it either. It would be an interesting read when the report on the analysis of what happened comes out.



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:14 AM

'Twas a fire at the main substation supplying the airport. The power company clearly did not have a business continuity plan for the airport for such an eventuality. maybe the airport did not plan for it either. It would be an interesting read when the report on the analysis of what happened comes out.

Yep, why would you need a backup power source for the busiest airport in the US? ( even more so during the Holiday Season)

What on earth could possibly go wrong?🤔
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 10:21 AM

From the press conference last night, they do have a backup power source in place, but the fire apparently also took out the switch that would have allowed them to fail over to the backup power source. I'll bet that there'll be some research on how to harden that switch once the dust settles.



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 10:31 AM

I don't get why people are blaming the airlines. 

Perhaps people don't like the way airlines, Delta in particular, have responded to the event. In contrast, for example, the last time I flew to Chicago the flight was 3 hours late and SWA gave everyone on the flight a $100 voucher. First Choice Forever!



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:18 AM

The real question is why anyone would want to be in Atlanta?

 

If they were at the airpotrt, it's fair to assume they were trying to get away from Atlanta.  :) :)



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:21 AM

From the press conference last night, they do have a backup power source in place, but the fire apparently also took out the switch that would have allowed them to fail over to the backup power source. I'll bet that there'll be some research on how to harden that switch once the dust settles.

 

This would appear to violate the principle of N-1 redundancy, meaning no single failure can bring the system down. Thus in addition to a second power supply you would need a second set of switchgear, a second control system, etc.



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:36 AM

I recall when Amtrak was searching for a location to house its 'Arrow' computer system, for reservations, as well as operations and maintenance....

The site they selected in Philly was an older loft building, that was fed by two entirely separate power sub stations.....(not sure if they are still at that location)...


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