Nation IN BRIEF : NEW JERSEY : Accident Cuts Power at Newark Airport
A construction accident blacked out Newark International Airport, leaving passengers sitting on idle jets. All international and many domestic flights were canceled or diverted from Newark, which handles 1,200 flights a day. Electricity to the air traffic control tower and runways was not affected, airport General Manager Benjamin DeCosta said. However, there was no power for baggage systems, computers, lights, restaurants, escalators or the jetways. A construction worker accidentally drilled into a cable supplying electricity to the terminals.