About 2,000 people were affected by the failure of the airport’s runway edge lights, which guide pilots at night, at 8:10 p.m. on Nov. 27, the Auckland-based newspaper reported today. The approach lights stayed on, it said.
The blackout was caused by a fault in a 120-meter section of underground cabling that serves the airport, the country’s largest, the Herald said. The glitch may have been caused by a lightning strike, which had caused similar faults in the 1990s and in 2008, it said.
The lights are operated by government-owned Airways Corp. and New Zealand’s Minister for State-owned Enterprises Simon Power has asked for a report into the failure “as a matter of Urgency,” the newspaper said, citing the minister’s spokesman.
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