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GSP officials will meet with FAA on malfunction that closed runway Friday night

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

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GSP officials will meet with FAA on malfunction that closed runway Friday night
Dave Edwards, executive director at GSP, will meet with Federation Aviation Administrative tower and facilities officials this week to review Friday night’s protocol and a generator malfunction that caused the airport to shut down its runway for nearly three hours.

Low visibility and fog was blamed for the FAA protocol that called for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to switch to generator power. The outage (Approach Light Engine Generator) reportedly occurred at 10:45 p.m. and it went back online at 1:40 a.m., according to airport officials.

“A couple of hundred passengers inbound and a couple hundred outbound,” were effected Edwards told the GSP Board of Commissioners Monday morning.

GSP officials said five flights were diverted and one cargo plane landed at Donaldson. “Thankfully the flights were the last of the night,” GSP spokeswoman Rosalyn Weston said. She said the generator malfunction was likened to a power outage in a community at the most inconvenient time.

 

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