Chaos as ALL flights at Sydney airport are GROUNDED

Ivan Schwartz
September 26, 2017

Flights in and out of Sydney's domestic airport have been thrown into chaos due to radar failures at air traffic control.

All flights at Sydney Airport have been grounded following a huge power outage on the first day of school holidays.

Travellers on social media reported they were stuck on planes on the tarmac.

Air Services Australia (ASA) said there had been a "system software failure" at Sydney's air traffic control at 5.00am.

Airservices Australia confirmed "technical issues" as the cause.

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About 15 planes can land and depart per hour using manual air traffic control methods, but there are usually about 50 movements per hour. "Thanks for your patience", Sydney Airport tweeted at 7.24am. "Please check with your airline for flight status", the airport's official account said.

"Our technicians are now working to rectify the situation", ASA said. "We are working to have all guests on their way as quickly and safely as possible", it said in a statement.

People who are scheduled to fly today are encouraged to check flight times with their airline. To cope, some global flights were allowed to land, but worldwide and domestic departures were delayed or cancelled.

Passengers have been urged to contact their airlines.

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