Belgium air traffic control grounds all planes after data glitch
Belgiumâs air traffic control centre shut down flights across the country following a glitch in its data system.
No planes were allowed to land or take off anywhere for about two hours.
Belgocontrol tweeted that it was imposing a âclear skyâ until the glitch was solved.
It said âthere is a problem loading flight dataâ but did not provide fu rther details.
Dominique Dehaene, of Belgocontrol, told the VRT network that âit is a very specific problem and it was no longer sure that all information of flights was correctâ.
Eurocontrol, which itself is based near Brussels airport, tweeted: "Problem with the flight data processing system in Belgium's lower airspace (below 24,500 ft/7,500 metres): the regulation has been extended to 17.00UTC (19.00 local time). Currently very few flights in/out of Belgian airports."
Dozens of flights were cancelled, including links to and from Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Shortly after 5pm UK time, Belgocontrol tweeted again to say: "Problem with flight plan data is resolved. Belgian sky totally open again."
The failure happened on one of the busiest days of the year; Friday is expected to see a record number of flights in the skies of Europe.< p>Last year Brussels international airport saw nearly 25m passengers, while 7.7m passed through Charleroi Airport.
The hubs operate about 650 and 140 flights a day, respectively. Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, runs about 1,299 a day.
Two years ago another technical problem caused chaos across Belgium. A failure in the country's air traffic control system led to hundreds of flights being cancelled.Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium