Radar trouble delays flights

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Problems with an external radar system that guides airline traffic in southeastern Norway caused delays during the weekend and was still slowing down flight schedules on Monday.

Specialists were working to correct the problem with the Haukåsen radar at Haugerud in Oslo, which was out of service because of the mechanical problems.

That left air traffic controllers at the aviation authority Avinor with only one radar system at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen (OSL). Distance between flights was thus increased from 3,000 to 5,000 feet for safety reasons.

That stacked up inbound and, later, outbound flights from OSL. Heavy fog on Monday morning also caused some disturbances. The delays amounted to around 20 minutes, according to OSL spokesman Jo Kobro.

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