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Flights resume at SLO airport after repairs finished

Lightning struck the control tower at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport on Wednesday. The tower was evacuated because of the strike.
Lightning struck the control tower at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport on Wednesday. The tower was evacuated because of the strike. Courtesy photo

Two days after lightning hit the control tower and short-circuited some equipment, the runway and taxiway lighting system at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport has been restored and is back in service.

Airport officials said United Airlines and American Airlines, which operated under limited daytime service Thursday, are scheduled to resume their regular schedules Friday evening, including nighttime operations. Passengers are advised to consult with their respective air carrier for further flight updates.

As the county was pummeled with rain and high winds Wednesday, lightning struck the control tower and possibly a beacon tower multiple times before noon, short-circuiting some of the airport’s controls and a generator.

The tower was evacuated, and all flights were temporarily put on hold. The airport was also one of the customers in southern San Luis Obispo affected by that day’s power outages.

For more information, go to www.sloairport.com/ or www.facebook.com/SLOAirport.

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