Broken Fuel Line Disrupts S.F. Airport

Associated Press

Thousands of passengers faced major travel delays through Saturday morning at San Francisco International Airport after a broken jet fuel pipeline disrupted more than 200 flights.

Many incoming flights were diverted to a half-dozen airports along the West Coast, and some departing flights were delayed several hours, said airport spokesman Ron Wilson, adding that by late Friday more than 200 flights had been affected.

The problems began after the Ghilotti Bros. contracting firm broke a 12-inch underground fuel line near the TWA terminal about 4:30 p.m., effectively shutting off supplies to all three terminals, Wilson said.