Airport Control Tower Evacuated - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/15/05

Airport Control Tower Evacuated

An elevator electrical malfunction forced Savannah air traffic controllers out of the tower. An elevator electrical malfunction forced Savannah air traffic controllers out of the tower.

Air traffic controllers in Savannah had to temporarily hand over control of Savannah's air space to controllers in Jacksonville after electrical problems forced them to evacuate the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport's control tower.

Federal Aviation Administration officials told WTOC that two air traffic controllers got stuck in the elevator around 9:50 p.m. as they were leaving for the night. They were trapped for about an hour. The problem created smoke and sent a strong, burning smell through the tower. Firefighters did not find any fire; however, workers had to leave the building as a precaution.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. Air traffic controllers were back in the tower at 11:05 p.m. The F.A.A. says no flights were delayed or affected during the incident.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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