Sat, Apr 16, 2005
Dozens Of Outbound Flights Delayed
The FAA Saturday was investigating a critical radar outage that
left dozens of flight departing from O'Hare groundbound for short
periods of time. Inbound flights were ordered to hold and spacing
between arrivals was increased for safety.
The outage began at approximately 1740 local, according to FAA
spokesman Tony Molinaro. While 63 outbound flights were delayed, he
said none of the delays were longer than 15 minutes.
But the outage raised what
controllers say is a critical issue at ORD -- the need for more
"Dallas has four radars, and Atlanta has five, said ORD NATCA
rep Ray Gibbons in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
"Meanwhile, the FAA says it can't justify a second radar at O'Hare,
the world's busiest airport."
Molinaro, however, said radar coverage at ORD is adequate and
passengers are in no danger. He said a second radar may be
considered as O'Hare is expanded under Mayor Richard Daley's
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