5-hour brownout hits NAIA-3

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2012 10:36 AM | Updated as of Mar 02 2012 12:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A 5-hour brownout hit a portion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Terminal 3 past midnight Thursday.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said a tripped power line of Meralco caused the brownout, which disrupted operations at the airport from 12:17 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday.

The DOTC said the brownout occurred during a routine check by the terminal's engineering department.

"The power interruption that happened at NAIA Terminal 3 early this morning was only a minor glitch related to the ongoing maintenance work," Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said, in a statement.

Some of the passengers were irked due to the delays caused by the brownout.

At least 4 arriving flights and 1 departing flight were delayed because of the power interruption. Security personnel had to manually inspect all the passengers’ baggage after X-ray machines were rendered useless.

Passengers were also burdened by long queues, and humid conditions inside the terminal.

Airport authorities activated generator sets for the temporary supply of electricity to some portions of the terminal. Normal supply of electricity went back at 5 p.m. after Meralco personnel fixed the cause of the problem.

The Manila International Airport Authority, meanwhile, said it will ask Meralco to explain the incident. – with a report from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News