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Investigation in to runway lights failure

24.09.09

Four planes were forced to abandon landing attempts at Glasgow Airport on Monday night after lights failed on its runway, the Daily Record reports. A blackout at the airport meant the aircraft had to circle as engineers rushed to try to fix the fault. It is now investigating the scares, which also stopped outbound flights.

The incident happened around 21:00 on Monday night. A spokesman for BAA said it had no idea what caused the fault, which also affected the guide lights across the the airport's tarmac. He said: ‘Air traffic control switched the lights on, they went on full boom, then they dimmed and went out. As a result, our engineers switched to a manual system in line with our contingency plans. During this time four arriving aircraft which were held in the air for a short time.’

The spokesman said the runway lights were back on at 21:25, but the taxi-way lights were off until 21:40. He added: ‘We are carrying out an investigation. At no stage, were any aircraft at risk. If we were unable to fix the lighting system, the aircraft would have been diverted to another airport, probably Edinburgh.’

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