Logan Airport resumes normal schedule after fire
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Flights at Logan Airport are back on schedule following a fire which shut down the airport's fuel system Tuesday afternoon.
Passengers back flying the blue skies after a fuel pump fire forced delays, cancellations and grounded planes.
“I’m jet lagged already and I haven't even been on the jet yet,” said Marilyn Helgeson, traveling to Spain.
Flames flew from one of the 12 pumps, shutting down the underground fuel system Tuesday evening. Without enough fuel to take off, Marilyn Helgeson's flight to Madrid would have to wait.
“You just have to take it in stride. There’s really nothing you can do,” said Helgeson.
Crews had the fire under control quickly but there was a lot of cleanup.
Massport got the system back on line early Wednesday morning. An overheated bearing may have caused the fire.
“We are now back at a normal flow with the fuel. The whole system has been inspected. We'll keep a close eye on it,” said Ed Freni, Massport Aviation Director.
Nearly 200 stranded strangers spent the night in the terminal, sleeping on cots with blankets made of trash bags.
“Our flight was supposed to leave at 8:30, we heard about the fire and delays, about 12:30 we found out we were canceled. By then everybody else had got all the hotels, so cots is what we got,” said Sue Valliere, stranded passenger.
All cancelled flights have been rescheduled for Wednesday and Massport says the airport is running on-time.
Some of the flights from Tuesday have a stop at nearby airports to get fuel there before coming to Boston and then heading to their final destination. Massport says right now, it is running on three to four of the fueling pumps.