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Flights resume after Midway power outage

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Aviation officials said an airfield lighting vault caused a four hour power outage that shut down Midway Airport operations Thursday night.

The blackout shut down most of the runway lights at around 9 p.m., and workers weren't able to get the lights back on until around 1 a.m.

Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride said 85 flights were canceled or diverted while the airport was closed. Only a few flights were allowed to arrive and depart after the blackout.

Passengers tried to reschedule flights Friday, and some won't be able to leave Chicago until Saturday.

Some planes were on the runway awaiting takeoff, when the runway lights flickered and went out. Incoming planes had to be diverted to other cities leaving some people stranded.

Officials said the terminal was not affected. Passengers were able to get off planes that returned to the terminal. They slept on cots and the floor.

There were long lines at the car rental counters because many travelers found out their next available flight would not leave for at least 24 hours.

Com Ed responded to the outage and found it was not a power delivery problem but an airport equipment malfunction.

Passengers said they were told that backup power generators failed at Midway but Aviation officials did not confirm that statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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