New Zealand Briefly Halts Domestic Departures

September 30, 2019

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Domestic flights departing from New Zealand airports were halted on Monday afternoon because of an electrical problem at a radar facility in Christchurch.

New Zealand Briefly Halts Domestic Departures

Airways, the country’s national air traffic controller, said smoke from a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) set off a fire alarm, causing the radar and communications system to switch to back-up systems.

As a result, ATC said it took a “conservative approach” to managing air traffic, halting all domestic departures.

The cause of the incident was identified a short time later and rectified, with operations returning to normal by 14:15 (2.15pm).

Only domestic departures were halted during the downgrade as Airways’ airborne international flights are controlled from a separate ATC facility in Auckland, which was not affected by the electrical outage.