Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center air traffic controllers have lost all of their radio frequencies . . . and also their landline phone communications to communicate with other air traffic control facilities.
. . . The FAA has ordered a ground stop for Jacksonville Center . . .
NATCA Director of Communications
Jacksonville Center (ZJX) is back up and running normal operations following a 50-minute communications and radar outage earlier this afternoon . . .
The outage, which NATCA believes was caused by human error at the local Jacksonville-area office of a major telecommunications company that provides the infrastructure to the FAA, began at approximately 12:40 p.m. EST and ended at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST.
Jacksonville Center’s NATCA Facility Representative, Dave Cook , told me that the facility lost nine of its 16 radar sites and half of its radio frequencies . . . Cook said it does not appear that any incidents of losses of minimum separation occurred. However, he added, there were numerous incidents of what are called “deviations,” which means controllers in neighboring facilities to ZJX received no advance notification of aircraft that suddenly showed up in their airspace.
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