Power outage from plane crash forces hospitals to run on generators

Emergency Management Alert, February 23, 2010

An early morning plane crash on Feb. 17th left Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, without power, according to a Stanford press release.

The hospitals functioned on emergency power, and all non-emergency cases were postponed for the day. The emergency departments at both hospitals remained opened, although visitors were discouraged from coming to the ED unless it was a true emergency.

Emergency generators helped maintain operations at some nearby research facilities, including a tissue bank and samples at the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Lab, part of the Stanford School of Medicine.

The outage was caused by the crash of a twin-engine Cessna in nearby East Palo Alto, which toppled several major power transmission lines, according to the release.

Source: Stanford Hospital & Clinics

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