JCAA systems affected by another lightning strike

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JCAA systems affected by another lightning strike

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Oct 03, 2017

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JCAA systems affected by another lightning strike
Mon October 2, 2017

For the second time in three weeks a lightning strike has affected crucial operations at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).

The latest incident took place Monday afternoon after the JCAA's communication facility at Cooper's Hill in St. Andrew was struck by lightning.

This has resulted in the Authority having to rely on its back up system.

"Earlier on today, there was a major thunderstorm activity in the Red Hills/Coopers Hill areas and there was a major lightning strike in Cooper's Hill. The main radios from Airy Hill travel through Cooper's Hill to the site in Kingston - that was damaged by lightning so we're using the backup facilities now," explained Carl Gaynair, Deputy Director General of the JCAA.

However, there has not been any disruption to Jamaica's airspace, he said, noting that air traffic controllers are carrying out their job with the use of the backup systems.

Air traffic services were disrupted last month after a lightning strike associated with Hurricane Irma damaged radar and communications equipment at the JCAA's Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre.

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