Thai transport minister launches investigation into ATC breakdown at BKK

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Published: June 26, 2012

Thailand’s Transport Ministry has launched an internal investigation into what caused the breakdown in the air traffic control system at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) June 21 when all ATC radars stopped functioning for one hour, affecting 49 flights, the government news agency NNT reported. Airports of Thailand (AOT) has remained tight-lipped on the situation.

According to the Bangkok Post , the main and back-up power systems simultaneously crashed, causing the delay of 21 take-offs and 15 landings. Thirteen flights were rerouted or returned to their departure point.

Transport Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan set up a fact-finding committee, chaired by the permanent secretary for transport, to probe the system’s malfunction. “The committee is given 15 days to determine the cause of the technical error,” NNT said.

The transport minister has also instructed Aeronautical Radio of Thailand and AOT to gather information about the outage and create a new operating manual in the event of an emergency.

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