Belgium air traffic control grounds all planes after data glitch

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Belgium air traffic control grounds all planes after data glitch

Belgium’s 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 “clear sky” until the glitch was solved.

It said “there is a problem loading flight data” but did not provide fu rther details.

Dominique Dehaene, of Belgocontrol, told the VRT network that “it is a very specific problem and it was no longer sure that all information of flights was correct”.

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.

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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

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