BWI Air Control Tower Fully Operational After Lightning Strike

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LINTHICUM, Md. — A BWI Airport official says the airport’s air traffic control tower is fully staffed and operational.

Spokesman Jonathan Dean said flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport were mostly on time Friday morning, a day after a lightning strike shut down flight operations. Dean says operations resumed around 5 p.m. Thursday and airlines resumed flights thereafter.

Federal Aviation Administration officials and the air traffic controllers union say a worker was hurt when lightning struck at 2:21 p.m. Thursday. A traffic management coordinator turning on equipment in the tower was shocked when electricity traveled to the tower.

John Dunkerly, president of BWI’s chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, says the worker was taken to a hospital. An FAA official said the worker did not appear to be seriously injured.

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