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LHR ATC tower evacuation & Altea down [18 July 2018]

LHR ATC tower evacuation & Altea down [18 July 2018]

Old Jul 18, 18, 9:23 am
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LHR ATC tower evacuation & Altea down [18 July 2018]

All ground movements at Heathrow currently held due to fire alarm in tower.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:30 am
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Aircraft are being diverted to other airports. First BA casualty is the Nantes flight, diverted to Luton (BA387).

[Luton AIrport is 80 years old today/this week, depending on your point of view, by way of a random factoid]
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:33 am
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I don't want to like this news, but very much appreciate the heads up, thank you!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:38 am
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Just to give you an update, controllers are back in the tower.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:38 am
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Eurocontrol is suggesting the outage will last until 1740 BST
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:40 am
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Would this explain the one and a half hour delay to the 1905 departure from Stuttgart? Showing on time departure but landing at 2119. Any info appreciated!!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:40 am
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Currently sitting in T3 and its eerily quiet.... :/
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:41 am
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Some very interesting hold patterns on FR24! - some people are getting quite the low altitude tour over central London this afternoon!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:41 am
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Several LHR flights seem to be heading away!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:45 am
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Looks like first aircraft now on approach for landing. Swiss from Geneva
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:46 am
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Good, only a handful of diversions. Could have been much worse!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:49 am
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BA993 from TXL div. to LTN
BA1399 from MAN dv. to LTN
BA715 from ZRH div. to LTN
BA661 from CHQ div. to STN
BA387 from NTE div. to LTN
BA837 from DUB div. to STN
BA975 from HAM div. to DUS

That's about it?
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:54 am
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Just arrived in T5 Ling stay to see what was probably the first aircraft to go around. Here to meet a friend from GLA which now appears to be inbound.

uh oh - shes off to Gatwick!

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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:55 am
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Also
BA10 from BKK now going to AMS
BA779 from ARN to BHX
BA1489 from GLA to LGW
BA975 from DUS to HAM
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Old Jul 18, 18, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by Flyingtom2 View Post
Would this explain the one and a half hour delay to the 1905 departure from Stuttgart? Showing on time departure but landing at 2119. Any info appreciated!!
Your inbound flight BA920 took off 1h18 late and is due to land at 1919 local time.
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