Chicken causes power outage at Kahului Airport

Published  2:05 PM HST Feb 27, 2013

A power outage at an airport on Maui was caused by a chicken.

That's right. A chicken.

The Maui News says a chicken got into a Maui Electric Co. transformer in the rental car area at Kahului Airport on Tuesday afternoon.  The chicken caused a power outage that left some passengers having to disembark their planes by mobile stairway.

MECO spokeswoman Kaui Awai-Dickson says the outage began at 2:07 p.m. when a chicken got into the transformer in the rental car area and caused a short in the equipment.

The airport and customers at nearby businesses were affected.  Power was restored about a half-hour later.  The tower and air traffic was not affected.  However, there were some minor flight delays.

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