Flights at Atlanta airport delayed by radar outage

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

Federal Aviation Administration officials say a brief outage of the ground radar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday caused delays of about an hour on arriving and departing flights.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the radar that allows air traffic controllers to see planes on the runways went down about 10:25 a.m. Bergen said the radar started working again about 11:10 a.m.

The equipment failure coupled with low-sitting clouds meant many flights were delayed at the world's busiest airport. According to the FAA Web site, flights to Chicago experienced delays of up to 2 hours because of snow and ice there.


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  • by CARLTON Location: LONDON, ENGLAND on Dec 28, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    THE DELTA FLIGHT TO ATLANTA FROM PANAMA CITY THAT MY NIECE AND I WERE BOOKED TO DEPART AT 1:10PM DID NOT LEAVE UNTIL 3:15 PM. WE ALMOST MISSED OUR BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT TO LONDON BECAUSE OF THE DELAY. THE FOLKS AT THE PANAMA CITY AIRPORT WERE NICE BUT PROVIDED LITTLE EXPLANATION FOR THE DELAYS.
  • by Daniel Location: Panama City on Dec 26, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    This doesn't give the full story. The radar went down, grounding all incoming and outgoing flights to/from Atlanta. Passengers then had to be rebooked. Over the next 90 minutes to 2 hours, Atlanta was closed to traffic twice more (fog, most likely, the pilot said). The flight I was on had to circle the airport for awhile before it could land. By the afternoon, flights were canceled, gates were changed and flights from Atlanta to Panama City were running two hours late or more. (And those two hours were on top of earlier cancellations, rebooked connections and standby flights.)
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