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UK flights grounded by air traffic control glitch

26 September 2008

Airports across the south of England saw hundreds of flights cancelled yesterday following a computer problem affecting the air traffic control system.

National Air Traffic Services (Nats), which oversees much of air traffic control in the UK, suffered a glitch that stopped data reaching workstations at its London area control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire.

In a statement, Ian Hall, director of operational performance at Nats, said: “‘We take every step to avoid any problems but are always aware, that in maintaining and updating highly complex systems, we can experience difficulties.'”

He added that safety was not compromised at any stage.


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