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Major power outage in Amsterdam
27 Mar 2015 12:12
A massive power cut caused chaos in and around the Dutch capital Amsterdam, including temporarily halting all flights at Schiphol International Airport.
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"Normal electricity supply has been restored and we are slowly starting up, but there are still a number of inbound flights being diverted," an airport spokeswoman said.
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"We don't know how long the delay will be and we suggest passengers contact individual airlines where their flights have been booked," another Schiphol spokesman, Jeroen Bos, told the NOS public broadcaster.
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An airport official said that planes have started to depart from the airport.
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Earlier, Schiphol switched to emergency power and all in and outbound flights were diverted to airports in Belgium and Germany.
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Schiphol is a major transport hub with more than 50 million passengers passing through every year.
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Amsterdam also ground to a halt, with rail and tram transport severely disrupted, stranding thousands of commuters during the outage.
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Hospitals in the capital and the densely-populated North Holland province also changed to emergency power, news reports said.
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