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US radar problem causes air travel chaos

Unread post by bimjim » Sun Nov 17, 2019

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US radar problem causes air travel chaos
Nov 16, 2019

A radar problem in New York brought air traffic chaos to the skies around Bermuda today.

Aircraft over parts of the North Atlantic, including Bermuda, were grounded or diverted after a software problem at the New York Federal Aviation Administration centre.

Some planes already in the air were ordered to land at the island’s airport until the problem was fixed.

The problem started at about 11.30am, but air traffic control services were operational again by about 1.30pm.

A spokeswoman for Bermuda airport operators Skyport said: “As flights were unable to take-off or land during the outage, some flights already airborne were diverted to the LF Wade International Airport, including five departing the East Coast that were en route to Barbados and St Martin respectively.”

She added: “The five flights that had been diverted to the island were refuelled and cleared for departure shortly thereafter, while the regularly scheduled Delta flight 1773 to New York JFK, normally due to depart at 1.00pm, left the Island at 2.05pm.

The spokeswoman said: “Regularly scheduled flights to Bermuda from Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto and Boston that had been temporarily grounded have been cleared to depart and are now set to arrive later this afternoon.”

She added that passengers affected by the delays should contact their airlines for updates on departure and arrival times.

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