Radar fault grounds flights in New Zealand

2015-06-23 08:31

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Wellington - All commercial flights in New Zealand were grounded for nearly two hours on Tuesday due to a radar fault, aviation authorities said.

Airways New Zealand, which is responsible for air traffic control throughout the country, said that an "internal network failure" had occurred at 14:41.

Airways said aircraft already in the air had been cleared to land during the radar failure, but departures were on hold at airports throughout the country.

The outage lasted almost two hours, with full service restored at 16:30.

Air traffic control was still able to communicate with planes via radio, Minister of Transport Simon Bridges said.

"I have been assured that there is absolutely no compromise to the safety of passengers of planes," he told the Stuff website.

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