San Jose's new airport Terminal B was evacuated for about 45 minutes Wednesday evening after reports of smoke in an elevator well, disrupting numerous travelers.
The evacuation began around 6:30 p.m. after reports of smoke and possible fire in a passenger elevator pit in the basement of the terminal, said Vicki Day, director of communications at Mineta San Jose International Airport. Though Terminal A was not evacuated, flights were temporarily held at the gate, Day said.
Firefighters determined the smoke was caused by overheating hydraulic fluid. The airport shut down the elevator near Gate 17 and reopened the terminal at 7:14 p.m., Day said.
Though passengers had to be rescreened, none were expected to miss a flight.
"They are holding aircraft, so people shouldn't be missing flights," Day said.
Terminal B opened in the summer of 2010 as part of a $1.3 billion airport modernization that replaced the old Terminal C.
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