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Electrical fault paralyses air traffic in and over Belgium

Published 27/05/2015 | 11:33

Flights over Belgium have been hit by an electrical fault
Flights over Belgium have been hit by an electrical fault

An electrical failure has paralysed much of the air traffic in and over Belgium and is set to cause delays, detours and cancellations of flights for several hours.

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The Eurocontrol air traffic body said the electrical failure at the local centre will force planes to be grounded or detoured until 2pm local time.

The cause of the failure was not immediately clear.

One Ryanair flight from Dublin to Brussels Airport has been diverted.

The airport posted an advisory on its website for customers.

"Because of a technical failure with air traffic control no departures or landings are possible at Brussels Airport till 14.00h," it said.

"This is a nation wide problem. Belgian Air traffic Controller Belgocontrol does its utmost best to restart the installations as quickly as possible.

"This electrical failure causes a lot of delays. A number of flights has been diverted to airports in the neighbourhood.

"We advise our passengers to check their flight information online and to contact their airline for more information."

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