Power failure at Zia International Airport
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Zia International Airport remained without electricity for about an hour and a half from 9:35pm Sunday which disrupted flight landing and take-off. The Dhaka Electric Supply Company managing director, Saleh Ahmed, said that there was no load shedding in the area.

He said the problem was with the power-receiving end-unit at the international airport. DECSO engineers rushed to the airport to resolve the problem, Saleh said at about 11:00pm, five minutes before power supply was restored.

Airport officials said they had put some emergency lights on the runway during the outage which helped only three international flights to land amid risk. The airport authorities could not cite reasons for the power failure. The problem intensified as one of the two generators at the airport went out of order. Only one generator could provide only emergency services for some vital areas at the airport, sources in the airport said.

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