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Controllers’ Aid Hit By 2 Glitches

July 11, 2008

By TOM MCTAGUE

THE Irish Aviation Authority had to shut down the radar it uses to guide planes safely in and out of Dublin Airport after two glitches.

The first problem with the EUR115million French Thales system happened at 11.45am on Wednesday when it stopped displaying information for 10 minutes.

It meant controllers could not identify aircraft. The second glitch was at 1.30pm.

Departing aircraft were held on the ground and some in the air were told to maintain holding patterns.

The IAA said: “The problem has happened four times since June. The maximum it was out was 30 minutes.”

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