FIRE IN THE CONTROL TOWER AT SYDNEY AIRPORT. AIRCRAFT ARE CIRCLING THE AIRPORT. UNABLE TO TAKEOFF AND LAND.
CONTROLLERS ARE MOVING TO THE OLD CONTROL TOWER TO RESUME OPERATIONS
MORE INFO AS I GET IT
ATIS YSSY VICTOR 220531
AD : SY AP CLOSED TO ALL OPS DUE TO AN
SY TWR 120.5, 124.7, AND SY GND
121.7 AND 126.5
RESERVED FOR COM BY EMERG SERVICES.
WND: 040 DEG, 15 TO 20 KTS.
XW MAX 18 KTS.
WX : CAVOK.
News reports say that it is a "small electrical fire", but not where in the tower it is (it's one of those architectural free standing space age looking tower things).
Great scoop with the "breaking news" Tim - looking for a career in journalism?
Keep up the good work!
Sydney open again to limited traffic, running 34L/R IVAs.
Tower is in the old control tower complex (the TCU building). A 737 inbound reported low fuel to Approach, but declined to declare an emergency at that point.
This NOTAM just released by AsA
AD From: 12 220547 --- To: 12 221400 EST ---- C1079/00
AD CLSD EXC FOR EMERG OPS DUE
CONTROL TOWER EVACUATION
LATEST SYDNEY ATIS:
ATIS YSSY WHISKEY 220624
AD : EXP DELAYS DUE EQUIPMENT FAILURE.
WND: 020 DEG 15 TO 20 KTS.
XW MAX 14 KTS.
WX : CAVOK.
Just took a wander down to the end of my street where I cross the road to a view of the airport. Things seem to be rolling with arrivals by KL QF AN and departures by QF BA MH CX AN all in the last 30 minutes.
Just a question : What are they doing out there in Mascot ? First, the pre-olympic power cut, now a post-olympic fire. A someone mentioned before, they must be lucky-guys, that this didn´t happen during the games.