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Report to be submitted to Transport Minister on shutdown of Jamaica's airspace

September 11, 2017 1:09 PM
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Jamaica's airspace was again closed on Sunday night and reopened a short while ago.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority said the closure was to facilitate the restoration of operations at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre.

Air traffic services were suspended at 7 o'clock Sunday evening and were due to resume at 7 o'clock Monday morning.

Meanwhile, a report is to be submitted by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) to Transport Minister Mike Henry on the initial shutdown of the country's airspace for more than 24 hours, starting Friday night.

Mr. Henry, who met with officials of the JCAA on Sunday, told RJR News that a review of the Authority's critical operations should be completed on Monday.

On Friday the radar and communications systems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre were struck by lightning, causing a shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace.

Carl Gaynair, Deputy Director General of Air Navigation Services at the JCAA, said a contingency plan was implemented to enable the re-opening of the airspace on a limited basis on Saturday night.

The Transport Minister pointed said, while the incident was beyond human control, he will be looking at measures to prevent a recurrence.

He said the issue was compounded by the fact that the neighbouring air traffic control centres in Cuba and Miami, which would normally provide support were affected by Hurricane Irma.

The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems.


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