‘Solar storm’ grounds Swedish air traffic

Via QRZ.COM comes news that aircraft at some of Sweden’s airports were grounded due to CME activity affecting the ATC Radar.

No aircraft were allowed to take off from airports in southern and central Sweden due to a massive geomagnetic solar flare storm causing problems for radar systems.

Ulf Wallin, press spokesperson at Swedavia, the organization managing Sweden’s airports, told TT that airports at Landvetter in Gothenburg and Arlanda and Bromma in Stockholm were affected.

“Those airplanes that are in the air are allowed to land at the airports they’re going to, but no planes are taking off,” he said.

The problems began at around 3.30pm on Wednesday. An hour later, traffic had begun to return to normal, but it was not known when airports would be operating at full capacity again, said Per Fröberg, press spokesperson for Luftfartsverket, responsible for air traffic control in Sweden.

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