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LAX Glitch Interrupts Power, Flight

October 1, 2008

A transformer malfunction at Los Angeles International Airport interrupted some electrical service on the remote west end of the airfield Tuesday and delayed one departing flight, authorities said.

Firefighters sent to 7300 World Way West shortly before 11 a.m. quickly extinguished a trash fire that was sparked by the problem with the transformer, which involved high-voltage lines, said d’Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The cause of the problem was under investigation.

Nancy Castles of Los Angeles World Airports said the transformer problem, which occurred on Continental Airlines’ leasehold property, knocked out electricity to the remote west end of the airfield, affecting some outside aircraft gates and construction trailers.

The problem delayed All Nippon Airlines Flight No. 5 to Tokyo, which had been set to depart at 12:55 p.m. with 218 passengers.

Crews restored power by about 1 p.m.

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