October 27, 2008

Landing System Glitch Delays LAX Flights

The Los Angeles International Airport on Monday had to cut the number of incoming flights because of problems with a landing system, officials said.

The glitch delayed departure times for passengers around the country an average of almost 40 minutes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The newspaper said the problem reduced the incoming flights from 68 to 32 per hour. It also affected departures for dozens of flights bound for Los Angeles.

Normal operations resumed at LAX at about 9:40 a.m. as the fog lifted along the coast, eliminating the need for the instrument landing system, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Times said the airport's instrument landing systems assist pilots during bad weather by transmitting radio signals that help them locate the runway.