UK AIR TRAVELLERS GROUNDED BY COMPUTER FAILURE

Dec 12, 2014

By Jane Brown

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London’s airspace has been closed due to a computer failure, the European air control agency Eurocontrol said Friday.

Officials at London Heathrow Airport said there was a power outage at the NATS control centre in Swanwick, England. Heathrow’s statement gave no indication how long the situation was expected to continue.

The shutdown came at a busy time at the start of the weekend in a sprawling city with five commercial airports, including London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest, as well as Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and London City Airports.

The statement said “flights are currently experiencing delays and we will update passengers as soon as we have more information.”

The NATS control centre said “a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre” and an incident response team has been mobilized.

“Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details,” the control centre statement said.

(The Associated Press)

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