Eskom won't rule out foul play after blackout at CT airport

A fire at Eskom’s airport substation affected more than 20,000 of its customers yesterday.

The Cape Town international Airport. Picture: SA Tourism

CAPE TOWN - Eskom hasn't ruled out foul play following a fire at a substation near Cape Town International Airport yesterday.

Lights out at Cape Town Airport. Baggage being offloaded manually. @ewnreporter

It left the airport and surrounding areas in the dark for several hours.

Eskom says the fire at its airport substation affected more than 20,000 of the power utility's customers in the airport industria and surrounding areas.

Some flights were delayed by up to 30 minutes due to the outage.

Eskom's Jolene Henn said, "A technical investigation is currently underway, to determine exactly what caused the fire to happen at the substation."

Yesterday, passengers disembarked into a dark and chaotic baggage retrieval area.

No carousels were operating at the baggage retrieval section and escalators were out as well.

This posed a big challenge for those in wheelchairs who wait on airport staff to assist them.

Passengers, including anxious foreign tourists used the lights on their mobile phones to assist airport staff.