Power back on after outage at Piedmont Triad International Airport

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Construction crews building the new air traffic control tower at the Piedmont Triad International Airport accidentally cut the main underground power line, causing minor headaches for travelers flying out of the airport on Wednesday morning.

PTIA leaders said an equipment operator struck the power line around 11 a.m.

Backup power generators kicked in, keeping vital airport operations going. Airlines were still able to check in passengers. TSA agents continued to screen flyers and planes took off and landed.

But gift shops and restaurants were closed during the power outage. And on an unusually hot day, the air conditioners were offline.

A Duke Energy representative said they were able to re-route power around the damaged power line, providing full power to the airport by 1:30 pm. Gift shops, restaurants, and air conditioners were once again up and running.

At this time, a date hasn't been announced on when the severed line will be repaired.

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