Tue, Aug 08, 2006
Monday was NOT a good
morning to be flying through Los Angeles.
Air traffic into and out of Los Angeles was hampered Monday
morning by the failure of the ILS on Runway 25-Right at
approximately 0915 local time. The failue forced the
reduction of runway operations at LAX and left passengers grumbling
at the gate for at least 15-minutes, and required the FAA to modify
procedures in order to get the flow of traffic to something
approaching the norm of 58 aircraft per hour.
Delays reached some 90 minutes as the afternoon wore on, and at
least two aircraft were diverted to nearby Ontario Airport due to
fuel limitations encountered while holding for an arrival slot.
An airport spokesman says the FAA hasn't given the airport any
reason for the failure. Technicians were on the scene, trying to
figure it out. All this adds insult to injury after last month's
power outage at the Los Angeles Center in Palmdale. That took out
all communications and surveillance capabilities at the center for
more than two hours, and THAT caused massive delays nationwide.
The ARTCC outage is now being investigated by the NTSB -- which
wants to verify the FAA's story that no flights were ever in danger
as a result of the outage.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the #1 international
gateway to Asia/Pacific. LAX is served by nearly 90 passenger and
cargo airlines, and contributes more than $60 billion annually to
the Southern California economy.
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