GulfstreamGuy
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The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:47 am

A pilot that just came off one of our flights (WN here in LIT) said the runway lights just went out in MDW and flights are diverting everywhere!! Anyone else heard anymore?

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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:49 am

Midway is showing closed at the moment with a 2nd Tier grounds top in place. Due to airport lighting.

The ground stop message says, "All field lights OTS, airport closed"

[Edited 2012-06-28 19:51:56]
 
JONC777
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:01 am

Its going to be a long night in MDW. . . arrivials as late as 2:40
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:02 am

 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:20 am

The LiveATC recordings are pretty entertaining. Nothing too interesting, but sounds like the line to 4R was pretty long and they were parking pretty close to each other. After the aircraft started to go back to the gate, they city wouldn't let them move without a "follow me" vehicle. Better safe than sorry I suppose. A National Guard Huey had to divert to Lewis University Airport after the city wouldn't let them land at MDW, even with night vision goggles. Definitely an interesting night at MDW.
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:29 am

Sounds like things could get interesting at MDW tonight I am listening as well. There is a SWA Flight 239 in the air now for MDW guess he didnt get the message
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:49 am

Flightaware showing the entire airport shut down
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:49 am

I've been tuning in to live atc. Interesting.
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:11 am

WN has cancelled everything for the night. .. . either there will be a lot of ferrys in the morning or a lot of cancellations tomorrow. .
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:51 am

a little off topic, but what happened at ORD earlier around 18:30LT?...BA,RJ,LH and GEC all diverted to DTW from ORD
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:57 am

By any chance was this man in the tower tonight?:



 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:15 am

Volaris diverted to STL. An MCI-MDW flight looks like it arrived and landed without incident.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VOI944
 
 
YYZatcboy
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:00 am

Quoting dtwmtx330 (Reply 9):

KORD 290051Z 00000KT 10SM FEW050 SCT090 SCT190 BKN250 32/23
A2982 RMK AO2 SLP091 T03170228

KORD 282351Z 02004KT 10SM FEW048 SCT085 BKN200 31/24 A2979 RMK
AO2 TSE06RAE08 SLP080 CB DSNT S P0002 60004 T03110244 10378
20294 50002

SPECI KORD 282312Z 00000KT 9SM FEW036 BKN047 OVC100 31/24 A2981 RMK
AO2 TSE06RAE08 OCNL LTGIC DSNT E CB DSNT E P0002

KORD 282251Z 03004KT 6SM TSRA BKN050CB BKN065 OVC100 30/24
A2981 RMK AO2 WSHFT 2211 TSB39RAB31 PRESRR SLP089 OCNL LTGIC OHD
TS OHD MOV E P0002 T03000239

SPECI KORD 282240Z 02011G18KT 7SM -TSRA BKN050CB BKN065 OVC100 31/23
A2980 RMK AO2 WSHFT 2211 TSB39RAB31 OCNL LTGIC VC W TS W MOV E
P0000

SPECI KORD 282231Z 04011G18KT 9SM -RA SCT050 BKN070 BKN090 32/22
A2979 RMK AO2 WSHFT 2211 RAB31 P0000


that happened
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:33 am

forgive the double post but this just came across the wire

ATCSCC ADVZY 012 MDW/ZAU 06/29/2012 MDW OPEN.
MESSAGE:
THE FIELD LIGHTS AT MDW HAS RTS. MDW IS NOW OPEN, NORMAL
OPERATIONS.



Thats a long outage.
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:22 pm

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 13):
that happened

One of the flightware links above probably tells the story pretty well graphically:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...4/history/20120629/0145Z/KBNA/KMDW
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:08 pm

Quoting KBUF (Reply 10):

"Johnny, what do you make of this?"
 
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:18 pm

I can make a hat...   
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RE: The Night The Lights Went Out In Midway.

Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:23 pm

I was at MDW and we were taxing to the runway right when the lights turned off. Sat out their for about a hour and half and the whole time the lights would turn on and 2 minutes later cut out. When we started to taxi to the gate, the lights turned on and the pilot cranked up the left engine and put down the flaps but tower said no way. The tower wouldnt even let the national guard helicopter land with their night vision. Inside the airport was insane. 2 hour wait to talk to some one and it was like this at every gate even at 610am when we ended up leaving.

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