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Power outage disrupts airport operations | 11 July 2019

The local civil aviation authority has confirmed that there were interruptions to its operations at the Seychelles International Airport in the early hours of yesterday due to a power disruption.

This was as a result of a technical failure in the power distribution control system, according to the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA).

SCAA chief operations officer Wilfred Fock Tave explained that apart from the effect on three aircraft operations, there were no major interruptions.

“The authority took the decision to divert two incoming aircraft – Air Seychelles and Kenya Airways – since the runway lights were not functioning. The Air Seychelles flight to Bombay which was on the ground during that period was also unable to take off,” added Mr Fock Tave.

“The safety and security of our flights and all on board remain our prime concern and this was the basis of the decision to divert the two inbound flights,” he added. 

Mr Fock Tave confirmed that “it took about two hours for the SCAA technical team to restore the system and at about 2.30am all operations were back to normal.”

Still according to Mr Fock Tave, the authority is carrying out an investigation to determine the causes of this rare incident and regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused.


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