Lightning strike shuts down SLO airport
January 7, 2016
Lightning struck the air traffic control tower at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport on Wednesday, destroying key navigational equipment. The airport is currently closed during nighttime hours. [KSBY]
The lightning strike damaged the airport’s navigation system and caused equipment that lights up the runway to stop working. As a result, planes can only take off and land when there is daylight.
New lighting equipment is expected to arrive on Friday.
After the lightning strike, workers heard crackling sounds in the wall, and they evacuated the control tower. The strike also knocked out power.
Firefighters responded to the scene at 1:45 p.m. They did not find any sign of a fire.
Additional lightning strikes also hit other areas of the airport.