Burst pipe shuts down Dulles AeroTrain service to gate

Sunday, January 31, 2010; 4:34 PM

A major water pipe burst inside Dulles International Airport at about 3 p.m. Sunday, shutting down the airport's new AeroTrain service to the "A" gate there, authorities said.

Water from the broken pipe flooded into the platform area of the "A" station, but its impact was limited, authorities said. The burst did not affect "A" gate flights, but customers had to use Dulles' older "mobile lounges" to access those gates until the problem was repaired, said airport spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis. Customers were still able to use the AeroTrain, which began service on Jan. 27, to get to gates "B" and "C," Mickalonis said. On its second day of service last week, the new unmanned train shut down for 41 minutes.

Mickalonis said water in the affected pipe was shut off Sunday afternoon, and crews were working to clean up the area. She said she did not know what caused the pipe to break. AeroTrain service resumed around 5:30 p.m.

-- Matt Zapotosky

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