Communication outage affects FAA's Memphis region - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Communication outage affects FAA's Memphis region

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Some communications between airplanes and air traffic controllers for the Memphis region were disrupted for more than three hours Saturday, but no safety issues were reported.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a car struck a utility pole in Memphis on Saturday afternoon and cut a fiber-optic cable feeding the regional air traffic center.

Its controllers direct planes flying through a few hundred thousand surrounding square miles.

The outage knocked out some radio frequencies and data transmission from radars. Some flights had to be rerouted, but the FAA did not yet know the extent of delays. It was fixed by 7 p.m. Central.

Almost a year ago communications were completely lost at the Memphis center, causing widespread delays.

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