Stansted flights landing again after technical fault

A Stansted spokesman said flights were landing again from around late morning, after a period of around three hours when no touchdowns were possible.

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The radio beam transmitter was hit early this morning, and because flights were not able to land in the foggy conditions without the computerised system, they had to be diverted to airports around the UK.

That meant hundreds of people faced a longer and more stressful journey than expected.

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Flights begin landing at Stansted Airport

A Stansted spokesman said flights were landing again from around late morning, after a period of around three hours when no touchdowns were possible.

Earlier this morning an arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS. The aircraft landed safely.

As a result of this incident and low visibility, there have been restrictions on arriving flights. However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft.

– Stansted spokesman

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Misery for passengers at Stansted Airport

There's been more misery for passengers at Stansted Airport, after an incoming Gulfstream jet damaged the landing system there.

It meant planes have been unable to land in the fog, and have had to be diverted to other UK airports. Hundreds of passengers are being bussed back to Stansted.

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Planes unable to land at airport

Stansted Airport. Credit: PA Images

Air passengers faced more travel misery with flights unable to land at Stansted Airport in Essex for several hours due to damage to the instrument landing system (ILS).

An early-morning incoming flight caused the damage to the ILS, which was in use due to fog and poor visibility.

Ryanair reported that some of its services had been diverted to Birmingham and East Midlands airports.

A Stansted spokesman said there was a period of around three hours when no touchdowns were possible.

The spokesman said: "An arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS. The aircraft landed safely.

"As a result of this incident and low visibility, there have been restrictions on arriving flights. However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

"Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft."

The incident follows the serious disruption to flights at Stansted and other UK airports last Saturday due to technical problems at the Hampshire headquarters of air traffic control company Nats.

Stansted said Nats, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ILS equipment, had engineers on site at Stansted and they were "currently working to resolve the issue and return the airfield to normal operations as quickly as possible".

The Stansted spokesman said: "As a result, flights will be subject to delay and cancellations so passengers are advised to check their flight status on their airline's website."

Statement from Stansted Airport: 'Flights will be subject to delay and cancellations'

A Stansted spokesman said flights were landing again towards late morning, after a period of around three hours when no touchdowns were possible,.

The spokesman said:

"Earlier this morning an arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS. The aircraft landed safely.

"As a result of this incident and low visibility, there have been restrictions on arriving flights. However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

"Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft."

– Stansted Airport spokesman

The incident follows the serious disruption to flights at Stansted and other UK airports last Saturday due to technical problems at the Hampshire headquarters of air traffic control company Nats.

Check flights on the Stansted Airport website.

Stansted said today that Nats, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ILS equipment, had engineers on site at Stansted and they were "currently working to resolve the issue and return the airfield to normal operations as quickly as possible".

"As a result, flights will be subject to delay and cancellations so passengers are advised to check their flight status on their airline's website."

– Stansted Airport spokesman

Planes unable to land at Stansted Airport

Air passengers faced more travel misery today with flights unable to land at a busy airport for several hours due to damage to the instrument landing system (ILS).

The problem was at Stansted airport in Essex where an early-morning incoming flight caused the damage to the ILS, which was in use due to fog and poor visibility.

Ryanair reported that some of its services had been diverted to Birmingham and East Midlands airports.

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Stansted Airport: Engineers working to resolve delays and cancellations

Stansted Airport has said flights will be subject to delay and cancellations and is advising passengers to check their flight status on its airline website.

Earlier this morning an arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS (instrument landing system).

The aircraft landed safely.

As a result of this incidentand low visibility there have been restrictions on arriving flights.

However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft.

We apologise for theinconvenience this has caused.

– Stansted Airport statement

In a statement, the airport said NATS, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ILS equipment, have engineers on site and are currently working to the resolve the issue and return the airfield to normal operations as quickly as possible.

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