Passengers stuck in darkness at OR Tambo

Posted by Leila Stein on 12 January 2020

Travelers at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg were left in the dark after a transformer went up in flames in Kempton Park on Sunday morning.

Eskom confirmed that the transformer caught alight in Ekurhuleni, causing outages in the surrounding areas.

‘Eskom’s transformer in Kempton Park caught fire affecting @City_Ekurhuleni customers. Ekurhuleni Emergency Services on site,’ Eskom tweeted.

As a result, power to the country’s biggest airport was cut, leaving those inside in darkness and confusion for much of the morning, with the airport confirming that power had been restored at around 2pm.

Some of the airport’s functions were effected by the blackout, with those arriving on flights having their baggage delayed, long check-in queues for flights and trouble navigating the airport.

Image: Twitter/Richard Whalley

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