Radar trouble that halted airline traffic in Southern Norway on Monday was not a result of any sabotage, claim officials at airports agency Avinor. They blamed instead an “internal error” in radar systems that grounded flights all over the country for several hours.
“We are glad we managed to solve the problem and apologize to everyone affected by delays today,” Avinor announced after the radar system was up and running again Monday afternoon. The system called Natcom was still operating at just 50 percent of capacity, after the troubles began around 10am, leading to delays and cancellations throughout the day.
Avinor spokesman Øystein Løwer told state broadcaster NRK that the cause of the trouble remained unclear “but we can rule out external threats. This involves an internal system error.” Threats of cyber warfare have escalated since Russia invaded Ukraine more than a year ago, in retaliation for Norway’s support for Ukraine and energy supplies to Europe.