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. (Published Friday, Sep 13, 2013)

    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 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. (Published Thursday, Sep 12, 2013)

    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.

    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. (Published Thursday, Sep 12, 2013)

    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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