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#Gatwick #Airport #Flights #Suspended After #SystemsIssue #CyberAttack?

A British Airways plane lands at Gatwick airport which had been closed after drones were spotted over the airfield Wednesday night and throughout Thursday.

Gatwick Airport says flights have been suspended due to an “air traffic control system issue” in the control tower.

Outbound and inbound flights will be delayed until at least 9pm, according to the Eurocontrol Netowrk Operations Portal.

A statement from Gatwick says: “Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights are currently suspended. We are working with ANS, our air traffic control provider, to rectify this issue as quickly as possible.

“We apologise and passengers should check with their airline directly or on our website flights page for the latest information on their flight.”

Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights are currently suspended. We are working with ANS, our air traffic control provider, to rectify this issue as quickly as possible.

— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) July 10, 2019

UPDATE: 10 July 18.10: Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights remain suspended. We are working with ANS, our provider, to rectify this issue as quickly as possible. We apologise and advise passengers to check flight info with your airline.

— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) July 10, 2019

The issue began at 5.08pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The airport say there is already a divert plan in place, and inbound flights are being sent to other airports.

Gatwick, in West Sussex, is Britain’s second busiest airport, behind Heathrow.

Courtesy of Sky News

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#Explosive Activity Prompts #Aviation Colour Code #ORANGE At #DukonoVolcano In #Indonesia

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Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 7000 ft (2100 m) altitude or flight level 070.

AVIATION COLOUR CODE: ORANGE

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

https://tinyurl.com/yxo2y45l

#RedAlert #MajorEruption – Major #AshClouds Drifting East And South From #UlawunVolcano In #PapuaNewGuinea

Aviation Red Alert

While it is not only night over Papua New Guinea now, a vast area around the volcano is now likely to be shredded in darkness caused by ash from the eruption.

It is unclear whether the activity at the volcano still continues or has subsided or ended. However, the ash plume has been split in two major portions by winds blowing in different directions at different altitudes:

– the highest portion at 63,000 ft (20 km, flight level 630) is rapidly drifting east and already at more than 500 km distance from the volcano.

– the “lower” part of the plume, up to 55,000 ft (17 km, flight level 550) altitude is instead spreading and drifting more slowly to the south.

The aviation color code is red and all aircraft should avoid the affected areas in a wide distance

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

https://tinyurl.com/yxpua2nv

Chaos in #Czech Republic amid heavy #snowfall and #blackouts

Snow Alert

Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power.

Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported in some locations, forcing highways to close and disrupting flights into and out of Vaclav Havel, Prague’s international airport. A number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.

Strong winds accompanied the snow, with a gust of 145 kilometres per hour reported in Pribyslav, about 120km southeast of the capital, Prague.

The storm pulled down numerous trees, which resulted in the closure of roads and train lines.

The city of Kladno, just to the west of Prague, declared a state of emergency, according to Czech television.

The snowstorm also affected neighbouring Germany, where organisers were forced to cancel the last World Cup skiing race before the world championships.

A men’s giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen was called off amid relentless snow, a day after a downhill race had to be cancelled for the same reason.

Skiing’s governing body was looking to reschedule the events after the February 5-17 world championships, which begin on Tuesday in Are, Sweden.

The storm has now cleared away from the region and temperatures are expected to slowly rise during the coming week.

Courtesy of aljazeera.com

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