Thursday, 8 June 2017

Storm knocks out radio frequencies at Sydney Airport

Yesterday Sydney was once again battered by major storms causing significant delays at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport. The storm knocked out a number of radio frequencies, cutting communication between planes and the control tower causing "significant delays" to flights during the late afternoon peak. Aircraft had been placed in holding patterns above Sydney for up to an hour.

Aircraft that were due to depart had also been affected by the outage, which began to occur as the storm intensified shortly before 4pm.
According to Weatherzone, from midnight until 5.40pm yesterday, there were 1,425 lightning strikes recorded within a 50 km radius of Sydney's CBD.

Flights were delayed by over 60 minutes and planes were left in holding patterns as the airport allowed only one aircraft to land and one to take off at a time.
Planes at Sydney Airport were back on schedule at 9pm
Polar Air; Hawaiian and an Air New Zealand diverted to Brisbane.

POLAR AIR / DHL B767-3JHF N643GT (CN 37809)
Polar Air photos supplied by Llyod Fox

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