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7 Nov : Disruption at LHR - runway lighting failure

7 Nov : Disruption at LHR - runway lighting failure

Old Nov 6, 18, 7:29 pm
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7 Nov : Disruption at LHR - runway lighting failure

On BA36 (Chennai-LHR), just pushed back from stand and then turned back into another. Captain comes on the PA to say Ops called into the aircraft saying Heathrow is shut and that they are accepting no aircraft due to a major lighting fault. Ops hence want this aircraft on the ground rather than in the air. Surely they could recover whatever it is in 11 hours?!

Any news from LHR?
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Old Nov 6, 18, 7:31 pm
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Oops, ok so it is 2.30am in LHR.

Anyone from ground crew reading this? :P
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Old Nov 6, 18, 7:49 pm
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I just asked here at PHX (about to board 288 to LHR). They’re not aware of any delays at this time.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 7:57 pm
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Multiple reports on Twitter that JFK and BOS flights are being held, or returning to gate. The early flights are due to start landing around 0415 (HKG and CPT) and are still en route. Be interesting to see where they get sent if the problem continues. Could be a bit of a mess later.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:05 pm
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Well they just made the announcement that the flight is delayed indefinitely due to a big storm impacting the runway lighting.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:05 pm
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Given the issues diversions cause airlines it is probably wise to hold flights that have yet to take off until there is a firmer time for the airport to open.

Flights in the air are a different matter and they are likely looking at divert options just in case.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:13 pm
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Thanks for raising this.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out for those already well on the way towards LHR.

Generally the likes of CWL, LGW, MAN are the first port of call if LhR is up the creek followed by STN and the Scottish airports before the likes of DUB and other euro ports.

fingers crossed for anyone traveling today, especially anyone flying early.


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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:21 pm
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Lounge announcement at PHX... “the estimate delay is... we don’t know”. Our pre-booked cabana and Elemis massages looking like they’ll go to waste unfortunately.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by dylanks View Post
Lounge announcement at PHX... “the estimate delay is... we don’t know”. Our pre-booked cabana and Elemis massages looking like they’ll go to waste unfortunately.
Once you are sure you will not be able to make use of them, it'd probably be a good idea to let them know you won't be using them, so someone else can?
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Old Nov 6, 18, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by LTN Phobia View Post
Once you are sure you will not be able to make use of them, it'd probably be a good idea to let them know you won't be using them, so someone else can?
Yes, already sent a note to the GGL team!
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Old Nov 6, 18, 9:18 pm
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Flights are starting to board, sounds like we’ll board in about 45 minutes, so about a 2 hour delay... 3 hour T3-T5 connection is going to be tight.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 9:31 pm
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46120888

Passengers are facing disruption at Heathrow Airport because of a problem with the runway lights.People on planes due to fly into Heathrow have been reporting that they haven't been allowed to take off because the airport is closed.An airport spokesperson said a technical issue was being investigated and disruption was anticipated throughout the morning.

Passengers are being advised to check their flight status with the airlines.British Airways said in a statement that it was diverting flights due to arrive at Heathrow shortly and delaying flights which had not yet departed.
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BA58 is down and the 32 is on finals so I’d guess whatever the issue has been resolved.


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Old Nov 6, 18, 9:42 pm
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notams suggest this is an issue with the runway stopbars. These red lights act as a protection to stop aircraft from entering the runway when not cleared to do so. Without them (and depending on what else is working) I would assume operations can continue but with seriously reduced rates thus the ground holds.
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Old Nov 6, 18, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by cornishsimon View Post
BA58 is down and the 32 is on finals so I’d guess whatever the issue has been resolved.


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Not so sure about that. Heathrow Airport just tweeted that they are looking into and resolving technical issue with runway lights and to check flight status with airline before travelling. Going to be some serious delays it looks like.
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