Turkey Hit by Power Outage

A huge power outage has spread across much of Turkey on Tuesday. The outage blacked out a wide swath of the country while affecting a certain number of airline flights to and from the country.

Ahmet Davutoglu the Prime Minister of Turkey said every possible cause was being investigates including the possibility of terrorism.

Subways and trams sat idle in Istanbul, which has over 14 million inhabitants, the country’s largest city and the world’s fifth largest. Offices and homes were darkened, as most did not have electricity for a large part of the day.

Ankara the capital of Turkey, which is 250 miles away from Istanbul, was affected as well. This outage extended to 45 of the 81 provinces in Turkey.

The semiofficial new agency in Turkey Anadolu quoted the Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz as saying the outage’s cause was no known as of yet, but was being investigated. Yildiz, while speaking during a visit in Slovakia, announced he was not able to conform or to deny that the blackout had been triggered due to a cyberattack.

One online site that tracks real time airline flight information tweeted that the electricity outage in Turkey had been affecting many flights. The site said that 11 of the 16 air traffic monitoring systems, distinct from the air traffic control system in the country, were not operating.

The Electricity Transmission Co in Turkey blamed Tuesday’s outage on a transmission lines problems, reported the news agency Anadolu. The utility announced that an investigation was currently being carried out as were every effort to have complete power restored.

The current outage started at about 10:35 a.m. local time or 3:35 a.m. ET. About two hours afterwards close to 15% of the power was restored in Ankara and Istanbul, including to some subway and train stations.

Power was also starting to flow again in many of the provinces in the interior of the country that had lost power.

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