Air travel chaos due to radar problem in New York

 Monday, November 18, 2019 


Air traffic chaos to the skies was brought due to a radar problem in New York around Bermuda today.



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



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


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


A spokeswoman for Bermuda airport operators Skyport mentioned that 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.



Those flights which were diverted to the island were refueled and then cleared for departure.



The regularly scheduled Delta flight 1773 to New York JFK, normally due to depart at 1.00pm, left the Island at 2.05pm.



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.



For updates on departure and arrival times passengers affected by the delays should contact their airlines.

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