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A “power problem” grounded flights Thursday at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
Local 10 News obtained the transmission between traffic controllers and pilots during the outage.
“OK everybody on this frequency use extreme caution,” a traffic controller is heard saying. “We’ve lost all communication, we’ve lost all radios, we cannot see you.”
“Everybody on this frequency use caution,” said another traffic controller. “We cannot see you on the radar.”
A spokesman for MIA said that the power outage was minor and that only a handful of flights were grounded shortly before noon.
However, Bergen confirmed shortly after that the FAA issued a ground stop for all flights into MIA, FLL and South Florida satellite airports because of a power problem at the Miami Terminal Radar Approach Control.
“Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center has taken over the airspace normally handled by the TRACON and is safely handling flights that are in the airspace,” Bergen said in a statement.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin said shortly after 12:30 p.m. that the FAA was allowing some flights and departures at a limited pace. Bergen said all systems were restored shortly after 1 p.m.
“The facility is operating on generator power with commercial power available as a back-up,” Bergen said. “We are investigating the source of the commercial power outage.”
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INIA in darkness because of the power outage Saturday evening
Maldives main international airport witnessed a major power outage Saturday evening but electricity was restored in about half an hour.
An official from the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), which runs the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) told Haveeru the power outage affected the departure terminal the most. Power was also out from parts of the arrival terminal and duty free shops at the arrival hall, he added.
“It was caused because a sudden malfunction in an engine. The issue has been fixed and electricity restored,” the official from the state-owned company said.
Along with INIA, the Maldives has just one other international airport; the Gan International Airport in the southernmost city of Addu. However, no international flights operate to and from the airport at present.
INIA, located on the island of Hulhule and accessible from capital Male via regular ferry service in about 10 minutes, plays an important part in the Maldives’ economy which relies heavily on its world-renowned, upmarket tourism.
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Chaos hit Belgian airports on Wednesday when an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted, with departures delayed and flights cancelled over six hours.
No plane was allowed to land or take off from Belgian airports between 0730 GMT and 1200 GMT because of the power outage that paralysed screens and radars at Belgocontrol air traffic control.
Officials said 147 flights were cancelled at Brussels international airport, affecting 20,000 people, including 4,000 who had to land at airports in neighbouring France, Germany and Luxembourg.
Reports said passengers affected included a Spanish minister and the negotiators in Greece’s bailout talks.
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker had to cut short a press conference with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, saying he was forced to travel by land to Luxembourg to take a flight for Japan that he had been due to take off from Brussels.
“We’re not operational, navigation screens are not working in the tower,” Dominique Dehaene, spokesman for Belgium’s official Belgocontrol agency told AFP.
All morning, planes headed to the EU capital were diverted to regional airports, in an effort to clear Belgium’s airspace, airport authorities said.
Planes overflying Belgium however were not affected, they said.
Traffic was suspended at the regional airport of Charleroi, a low-cost airline hub near the French border, as well as Antwerp and Liege, near Germany.
Several flights were diverted to Lille airport in northern France, a spokesman there said. About 1,000 passengers were to travel on from Lille to their intended destination by bus.
About 600 flights a day arrive or depart from Brussels airport, which serves the headquarters of both the EU and NATO.
“Due to air traffic, Brussels Group meeting will be delayed today,” said in a tweet Eleni Varvitsiotis, the EU correspondent for Greek newspaper Kathimerini, referring to the negotiations for Greece’s bailout.
“Greek team arrives via Duesseldorf,” she said.
The situation at Belgian airports was only expected to return to normal by late Wednesday evening due to the ripple effect from the power outage, which affected flight crews and caused planes to land in neighbouring countries.
Ninety minutes after air traffic was allowed to resume, a first flight took off from Brussels international airport, heading for the United States, an AFP journalist said.
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