Press Release Article


Date: Jan 12, 2018
Press Release Number: 14-2018

Earlier today, a PSE&G transformer fire in a manhole on a restricted roadway outside Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C led to a loss of power in the building at approximately 11:15 AM. Port Authority Police Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting crews and the Newark Fire Department responded. PSE&G cut all power for safety reasons. The fire was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported. The power outage lasted until approximately 1:20 PM. During this period, emergency generators provided partial backup power.

As a precaution, passengers in the C1 connector of Terminal C were temporarily directed to other parts of the terminal, and some gates in C1 were temporarily taken offline. Once commercial power was restored to Terminal C, nearly all gates returned to service immediately. Some equipment such as escalators, elevators and some equipment at security checkpoints had to be rebooted and took longer to come back online.

Terminal C customers experienced significant security wait times due to the lower number of checkpoint lanes that were able to operate during the power outage. As of approximately 3 PM, wait times had returned to normal.

Terminals A and B at Newark Liberty were not impacted by the incident. However, weather-related delays across all terminals have been reported.

United Airlines attributed approximately 10 delays averaging approximately 20 minutes, and no cancellations, to the incident. All passengers with flights departing from Terminal C are advised to contact United for updated flight status.

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