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Flight Chaos - Navigation Equipment To Blame?

Sun, 12 Mar 2023

Runway 26 - Ronaldsway Airport
Runway 26 - Ronaldsway Airport

There were widespread cancellations and diversions at Ronaldsway Airport today due to issues with the Airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS).

A "NOTAM" (Notice to Airmen) had been published by National Air Traffic Services warning pilots that for the month of March, the ILS system on Runway 26 is currently 'Unserviceable'.

Runway 26 is used when aircraft approach the Island from over the sea along the east coast.

The Easyjet flight from London Gatwick (EZY855) made an approach attempt, but then diverted back to Gatwick.

Loganair's Heathrow arrival (LM676) was diverted to Liverpool and other flights were cancelled at their departure airport.

The Airport told some passengers that flights were disrupted due to 'visibility' issues.

However a pilot has told Energy FM News, that a fully functioning ILS would have likely enabled most, if not all the flights to have arrived safely.

There was nobody available from the Airport for comment this evening.

Pilots have warned that more disruption is highly likely without a fully functioning ILS.


This afternoon's Arrivals Board

Dublin EI3216 16:20 Cancelled
London Heathrow LM676 16:30 Diverted
Manchester LM698 17:25 Cancelled
London Gatwick EZY855 19:30 Diverted
Liverpool LM688 19:55 Cancelled
London City LM678 20:05 Cancelled

This afternoon's Departures Board

London Gatwick EZY854 15:40 Cancelled
Manchester EZY326 16:00 Departed 16:12
London City LM677 16:40 Cancelled
Dublin EI3217 16:45 Cancelled
Liverpool LM687 18:00 Cancelled
London Gatwick EZY856 20:00 Cancelled




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