Yesterday around 4pm, a faulty electrical transformer exploded in El Dorado International Airport’s power substation located between the jet and commuter terminals, injuring three contractors. El Dorado is the international airport serving Colombia’s capital of Bogotá.
The incident caused traffic problems on El Dorado Avenue (Calle 26), and temporary power cuts to machinery in the airport such as baggage carousels and jet bridges, disrupting travel, elevators, escalators, and other equipment. Minor flight delays were reported, such as Avianca 8586 to Cúcuta, which was 55 minutes late due to ground operators being unable to remove the electrically operated jet bridge from the aircraft.
In less than two hours, electricity had been restored. As of publication, airport operator Opain S.A. has not shared details regarding the status of the three injured electrical workers.