Technical issue at Hampshire air traffic control centre disrupts flights across the country

Daily Echo: Flight delays at Southampton airport Flight delays at Southampton airport

PASSENGERS could face delays to flights throughout the afternoon at Southampton Airport as engineers try to resolve a technical issue at a Hampshire air traffic control centre.

The National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) has confirmed it may take up until 7pm tonight to resolve the issues at the air traffic control centre in Swanwick.

It says engineers are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

The issue is affecting flights arriving at Southampton Airport, but arrivals currently appear to be on schedule according to the airport's flight information service.

Passengers using the airport are still advised to check their airline before travelling.

This afternoon, a NATS spokesman said: "The problem is related to the internal telephone system used by our air traffic controllers and is expected to take about six hours to resolve.

"At night, when it’s quiet, we can combine sectors of airspace. When it gets busy in the daytime we split the sectors out again. The voice communications system is configured to enable this to happen.

"We experienced a technical problem in the early hours of this morning, which means that it hasn’t been possible to reconfigure the voice communications system to split out the sectors for the busier daytime traffic in some areas of the UK enroute airspace.

"Engineers are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible, but this is resulting in some delays. Safety has not been compromised at any time, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience being caused to passengers.
 

"Safety has not been compromised at any time."

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9:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Shades of "Airplane"?
Shades of "Airplane"? OSPREYSAINT

9:48am Sat 7 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

what happens to planes already in the sky?
what happens to planes already in the sky? WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

9:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

hulla baloo says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
what happens to planes already in the sky?
Is this question for real?
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: what happens to planes already in the sky?[/p][/quote]Is this question for real? hulla baloo

9:58am Sat 7 Dec 13

good-gosh says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
what happens to planes already in the sky?
They are advised to avoid entering clouds.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: what happens to planes already in the sky?[/p][/quote]They are advised to avoid entering clouds. good-gosh

10:23am Sat 7 Dec 13

SOULJACKER says...

I got an idea here,
I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky.
We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D
I got an idea here, I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky. We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D SOULJACKER

10:51am Sat 7 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
what happens to planes already in the sky?
Well in the case of a Jumbo, if one engine fails 20 minutes delay, if two engine fail, it's up to an hour delay, if three engines fail they could be three or four hours longer getting there, if all four go they could be up there all day long.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: what happens to planes already in the sky?[/p][/quote]Well in the case of a Jumbo, if one engine fails 20 minutes delay, if two engine fail, it's up to an hour delay, if three engines fail they could be three or four hours longer getting there, if all four go they could be up there all day long. OSPREYSAINT

4:57pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andysaints007 says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
I got an idea here,
I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky.
We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D
You are such a plebb arsouljacker
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: I got an idea here, I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky. We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D[/p][/quote]You are such a plebb arsouljacker andysaints007

5:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

SOULJACKER says...

andysaints007 wrote:
SOULJACKER wrote:
I got an idea here,
I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky.
We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D
You are such a plebb arsouljacker
You sir are typical of these stupid weird little tw@ts that sit behind their monitors jerking off to weird stuff on the internet with their little pile of crusty tissues ready to have a pop at random folk!
Well, you get back to whatever weird stuff you been beating off to (probably your sister or your mother, maybe even your Father who knows!) & Ki$$ my a$$ you f*cknut!
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: I got an idea here, I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky. We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D[/p][/quote]You are such a plebb arsouljacker[/p][/quote]You sir are typical of these stupid weird little tw@ts that sit behind their monitors jerking off to weird stuff on the internet with their little pile of crusty tissues ready to have a pop at random folk! Well, you get back to whatever weird stuff you been beating off to (probably your sister or your mother, maybe even your Father who knows!) & Ki$$ my a$$ you f*cknut! SOULJACKER

8:15am Sun 8 Dec 13

skeptik says...

Good grief, some folk allow their offspring to play and rant away on expensive doodads like pc keyboards. Still one can see that they have picked up the ability to avoid sensible argument and do it so well. The IQ of a hung over backward maggot springs to mind.
Good grief, some folk allow their offspring to play and rant away on expensive doodads like pc keyboards. Still one can see that they have picked up the ability to avoid sensible argument and do it so well. The IQ of a hung over backward maggot springs to mind. skeptik

3:50am Mon 9 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
SOULJACKER wrote:
I got an idea here,
I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky.
We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D
You are such a plebb arsouljacker
You sir are typical of these stupid weird little tw@ts that sit behind their monitors jerking off to weird stuff on the internet with their little pile of crusty tissues ready to have a pop at random folk!
Well, you get back to whatever weird stuff you been beating off to (probably your sister or your mother, maybe even your Father who knows!) & Ki$$ my a$$ you f*cknut!
He does it to everyone, you should see it as a badge of honour!
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: I got an idea here, I could get that 'flightradar24' thing up on the 'Interweb' which shows you where all the aircraft are in the sky. We could then get the pilot to phone me on his mobile & I could tell him where he is cause I can see him going over my house on my computer.....I am sure that would work :D[/p][/quote]You are such a plebb arsouljacker[/p][/quote]You sir are typical of these stupid weird little tw@ts that sit behind their monitors jerking off to weird stuff on the internet with their little pile of crusty tissues ready to have a pop at random folk! Well, you get back to whatever weird stuff you been beating off to (probably your sister or your mother, maybe even your Father who knows!) & Ki$$ my a$$ you f*cknut![/p][/quote]He does it to everyone, you should see it as a badge of honour! Someone_New

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