N754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
From the BBC
Computer failure grounds flights
All flights from UK airports have been suspended following an air traffic control computer system failure, British Airways has said.
Several airports including Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle say no flights have been allowed to take off for more than an hour.
The air traffic control centre at Swannick in Hampshire is reported to have been closed.
A BBC correspondent says no more information is expected before 1030 BST.
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
Apparently the problem is with a HCS (Host Computer System) at West Drayton - not Swanick. Gatwick - 1 flight ever 6 minutes is now leaving. Things should be getting better by 9am, but the knock on delays will take all day to clear.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3739 times:
It was West Drayton last time, too, wasn't it ? It was around April 2 years ago - I remember because I was flying NCE-LHR that day, and it was madness ! I was booked on a flight due out around 5ish, I got to the airport around 3ish, the BA handling staff were actually brilliant, really helpful - fortunately most of the flights that day were not full, so they were combining flights, I got put onto the flight that was supposed to have left at 1300, which eventually left around 1800. When I got to LHR, T1 was just mental - virtually no flights were leaving, thousands and thousands of transit pax were stuck with nowhere to go, all the luggage from outbound flights had been offloaded and was piled head high in the baggage hall, with little pathways in between to get to the carousels - it was just mental.
Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3648 times:
Yep looks like West Drayton and possibly Swanick went down too, major delays being reported (up to 90 mins so far.)
Most departures are being delayed, but not grounded, and aircraft with minimum fuel are being flown straight to the destinations.
Seems like its another NATS problem, I dont want to specualte so early as Ive just heard the story on BBC after waking at 08:00.
I wonder if MAN will get any diversions today from either LHR or LGW, loos possible.
Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3465 times:
How i smiled when Skynews put up a map of Britain, with Manchester Airport in Wigan, and Edinburgh as Newcastle lol.
Anyway Manchester and Newcastle are the first 2 to be reopened, with others opening, but with severe Delays (esp at Gatwick where only 4 flights have departed in the last 2 hours.)
I guess now the NATS is back up, its a question of when the aircraft will get their T/O slots, and lets not forget many of the regional airlines are going to have to be delayed Again esp on the MAN-LHR routes, so I personally think these are the flights most likely to be delayed or cancelled.
Mikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3137 times:
I can only remember a similar situation back in 1997 I think it was. I've forgotton what day it was but it was a big day for Palma Airport - Majorca because it was the main day in which they'd get thousands of pax from the UK coming in. I remember coming to the terminal (ok our coach was involved in a fatal incident on the way!) 5 hours late, and our British Midland aircraft still hadn't landed, landed about 2 hours later because of the huge delays because of the computer crash back in the UK.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
UK airspace was never closed.
Flights were prevented from taking off due to the flight data processing system outage to avoid increasing the already high ATCO workload, allowing them to prioritise aircraft already in flight.
Had the TV on most of the day, and have been amazed by some of the so called "experts" who were trotted out, who obviously didn't understand what they were talking about!
On the BBC Breakfast News this morning their "expert" was the travel editor of the Telegraph, who clearly didn't know much about ATC!
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
Only this can happen in the UK.
We supposedly boast this new "all singing - all dancing" new ATC that is the "worlds most advance ATC system" and what does it do bring the UK's airports to a halt.
How the hell cant his be allowed and senior managers get away with it, is there no back up systems or computer to take over when one goes down. In industry companies and banks would not allow this to happen.
I know nothing (or very little) about ATC and computing but only these faults seem to occur in the UK, another international embarassment for the country!