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Power failure causes flight delays across Florida

11:32 AM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- The Federal Aviation Administration says a power failure at a traffic control center is causing delays and cancellations in Florida, parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

Tampa International Airport tells 10 News six flights have been canceled as a result, and a dozen or so are delayed. Backups can be expected throughout the day, and officials advise passengers to check their airline for flight statuses.

The power failure happened at the FAA's Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center in Hilliard, Florida.  According to the FAA, the power distribution system failed when technicians switched from the engine generator back to commercialk power after performing routine maintenance.

Technicians are working to fully restore the affected equipment.  The FAA says the control center handles high altitude flights over North Florida, South Georgia, South Carolina and the Gulf Coast.

10 News will have more on this developing story.

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