Gone Dark

A power outage lead to a holiday nightmare at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


The world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta lost power Sunday, bringing air traffic to a screeching halt. The outage left thousands of passengers going nowhere fast. Terminals started overflowing with would-be air travelers and planes just sat on the tarmac. No power also meant no essential basics, like food and other services. Overall, some 1400 flights were canceled. Area hotels quickly filled up, prompting officials to open Georgia Convention Center to stranded passengers. The lights did gradually come back on after nearly 12 hours. Georgia Power says a fire is to blame for the outage. It caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility.