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By KHONG PUI YEE

 

PETALING JAYA: After emerging as one of the big winners for quality service among international airports on Monday, the KL International Airport came to a halt for about an hour due to a power failure.

 

The “nice feeling” of being among the world's best was replaced by an air of gloom at the KLIA when a lightning bolt struck a power sub-station in nearby Salak Tinggi.

 

“The blackout resulted in a lot of confusion as the luggage carousels, tram services, elevators and escalators stopped,” said The Star reporter Ian McIntyre, who was at the arrival hall when the blackout occurred.

 

“I saw two loads of passengers who had to be ferried by bus to Customs as there was no aerotrain service,” he said.

 

”I also saw the airport police deployed for crowd control.”

 

However, the reporter was concerned that there did not seem to be a back-up system.

 

“I did wonder why there wasn't any back-up system that could have kicked in when the blackout happened,” he said, adding there were hundreds of people at the airport at the time.

 

On Monday, KLIA netted three awards in separate categories at the Airports Council International– Airport Services Quality Awards 2006 in Dubai.

 

It won in the Best Airport in the 15 million to 25 million passengers per annum category; third place in the regional Best Airport in Asia-Pacific category (behind Seoul's Incheon and Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airports); and third place in the Best Airport Worldwide category (behind the same two airports).

 

Eighty-one airports took part in the survey, which measured airport performance on service quality, facilities and passenger feedback.

 

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad had said then that it was an indication that KLIA emphasised on both service and infrastructure.

 

MAHB operations senior general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said yesterday's power supply disruption was due to a trip at a Tenaga Nasional sub-station in Salak Tinggi.

 

The trip caused the independent power supplier to KLIA to trip as well.

 

He claimed, however, that the outage lasted for only half an hour from 3.45pm.

 

“There was one aerotrain running and we provided buses to complement the aerotrain services.

 

“Since it wasn't a busy period, there weren't many passengers around,” he said.

 

He also stated that flight operations were not affected and that power supply was back to normal around 4.15pm.

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Just a question...when a blackout occurs...would the ATC be affected by it as well? Seeing as how the 'World's Best Airport' doesn't have a backup generator...how about the 'World's Best Airport's ' Control Tower?

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Just a question...when a blackout occurs...would the ATC be affected by it as well? Seeing as how the 'World's Best Airport' doesn't have a backup generator...how about the 'World's Best Airport's ' Control Tower?

 

 

Yeah, just imagine, no ATC...

 

But maybe could be taken over by another ATC around maybe Subang (just silly thought).

 

REGARDS

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Thanx god it doesn't happen at night.....the airport can't completely goes blackout, may be the lighting, office or that. The ATC must have back up power line, if the ATC black out as well, it gonna cuz mess.

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So much for 'The World's Best Airport' ! Malu...

 

By the way when I was in KBR, and whenever there was a blackout, at least the runway lights and parts of the terminal has standby generator power. That was when the old terminal was still in operation.

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"Hello, Lumpur Tower, you there?" Captain looks at his co-, both feeling strange, and "you can't be kiddin', Lumpur Tower..."

 

- still silence -

 

"Lumpur Tower, this is not fun... Can we land now?"

 

Anyway, imagine the pilots up there were playful kids, without the ATC the sky is their playing heaven then... :yahoo: -just kiddin'; don't take my words seriously-

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we were in the middle of our weekly meeting yesterday when this happened...after the blackout occurred..the MA Sepang staff in the meeting quickly excused himself to solve this problem...there was a back up supply yesterday but not throughout the terminal.. :angry: no aircond...

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Backup generators....maybe ATC going 'blank' for just a few seconds...

 

No... they won't notice it... just a 'split' second dimming of light..

The backup system took a considerable realestate area on the ground floor :pardon:

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ATC is an important part of "safe operations" for an airport. So whatever happens, there should be sufficient back-up to ensure 'normal ops' throughout.

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