BWI Reopens After Lightning Strike

FAA worker apparently struck while turning off equipment; flights diverted and canceled

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    Flights at Baltimore-Washington International Airport are getting back on track after a lightning strike shut the airport down for a portion of Thurday afternoon.

    Flights at Baltimore-Washington International Airport are getting back on track after a lightning strike shut the airport down for a portion of Thurday afternoon.

    An FAA employee was flipping a switch to an engine generator at BWI as part of severe weather precautions around 2:30 p.m. Sources told NBC News' Tom Costello the generator was hit by lightning, in turn striking the worker, who was transported to a nearby shock trauma center in unknown condition.

    BWI officials shut down BWI's air traffic control tower as a result of the strike and suspended all flights to and from the airport. Flights headed to BWI are being diverted to Dulles International and other area airports.

    BWI Airport Reopens After Possible Lightning Strike

    [DC] BWI Airport Reopens After Possible Lightning Strike
    News4's Shomari Stone spoke with several frustrated passengers, whose flights were delayed due to a possible lightning strike at the airport's control tower.

    As of 7:30 p.m., 118 flights had been canceled as a result of the accident.

    Lightning Disrupts Flights at BWI

    [DC] Lightning Disrupts Flights at BWI
    Lightning caused delays and cancellations at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, News4's Shomari Stone reported.

    That strike was one of five that hit the BWI airfield today, seasoned Baltimore-area meteorologist Justin Berk tweeted this afternoon.

    The airport began reopening just before 5 p.m. but two runways remain closed, according to BWI officials. In a statement, the FAA officials said BWI's air traffic control tower remains closed -- a consolidated radar facility has assumed control of BWI's airspace. 

    BWI wasn't the only airport affected by the weather Thursday -- thunderstorms are causing delays at several major East Coast airports. 

     

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