POWER OUTAGE MUFFLES RADIO AT MEIGS TOWER

September 8, 2000

CHICAGO -- Meigs Field briefly lost electrical power Thursday, affecting a radio frequency used by controllers handling takeoffs and landings at the lakefront airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The outage occurred at about 9:20 a.m. during an especially busy period as six planes flying to Meigs were in the airport's immediate airspace, said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham-Cory. Controllers at the FAA's radar facility in Elgin guided the six aircraft to a safe landing.

Isham-Cory said communications at the Meigs control tower, which is operated for the FAA by a private contractor, were quickly restored through an emergency backup system until the radio equipment that lost power was reset.