lmml 14/32
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Unable To Fly Over Algiers After Quake.

Fri May 23, 2003 7:29 pm

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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RE: Unable To Fly Over Algiers After Quake.

Sat May 24, 2003 1:18 am

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.

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RE: Unable To Fly Over Algiers After Quake.

Sat May 24, 2003 1:52 am

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 !!!
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RE: Unable To Fly Over Algiers After Quake.

Sat May 24, 2003 2:02 am

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

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