Miami-Dade County

Fueling system problem causes disruption at MIA

A problem with the fueling system at Miami International Airport caused approximately two dozen flights to be delayed or diverted to other area airports on Saturday afternoon.

The trouble began at 1:30 p.m., when an electrical problem shut down the pumps, which directly refuel the planes, according to MIA media relations officer Mark Henderson. Fuel trucks were able to take over for some but not all flights, causing one flight to be canceled, 12 outgoing flights to be delayed, and at least 12 flights slated to arrive at MIA to be diverted to other airports.

Ten were sent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and two to Palm Beach International, according to officials there. The problem at MIA was fixed by 4:45 p.m., said Henderson.