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Unable To Fly Over Algiers After Quake.  
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

An Air Malta flight en route to Morocco was forced to return to base yesterday morning after it failed to receive a signal from the control tower in Algeria, probably as a result of an earthquake there.

The aircraft was entering Algerian air space about 40 minutes into its three-and-a-half hour flight when signals to the control tower in Algiers remained unanswered, a spokesman for Air Malta said.

As a safety measure, the captain decided to return to Malta.

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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

Hi LMML 14/32

Yes that's correct....I was on nightshift and we heard from Eurocontrol that all Algerian airspace had been closed due to the earthquake so had to route the LHR-JNB/LOS flights via Libya instead. The airspace was planned to be closed all day Thur....not sure if it's back open yet.


Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3731 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

The BA flights to Johannesburg overfly Tunis FIR and rarely the Algerian air space.
Today i heard Tunisian controllers handing over flights to Algiers ATC,so the problem may have been resolved !!!

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

Might have been a result of the SITA links under the sea being damaged from the shock.

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