Flights Grounded Across Tennessee

(WVLT/AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration cleared all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis this afternoon, grounding an unknown number of flights around the country.

It was blamed on the failure of communications equipment at the regional air-traffic control center in the Bluff City.

Air traffic control centers in adjacent regions handled flights that were already in the air when the problem was discovered.

High-altitude flights through the region were discontinued in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

After about two hours, the FAA started allowing departing and arriving flights to resume at airports inside the 250-mile radius.

Flights from other U.S. airports were still being re-routed around the Memphis region.

The FAA action applied to all large, high-altitude planes, whether they were carrying passengers or cargo.

Memphis, with the headquarters of shipping giant FedEx, is the world's busiest airport for cargo. The Memphis airport is also a hub for Northwest Airlines.

For details on any delayed or canceled flights out of McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, click the link below.

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  • by Hope Gramlich on Sep 25, 2007 at 05:31 PM
    But according to the VP of Terminal Services David Johnson said in a letter to my Senator that "The Miami ARTCC contingency plan activates a process allowing Jacksonville ARTCC to modify their boundary to provide air traffic services to the southern most Florida TRACON facilities, which include Fort Myers, Miami and the Key West Approach Control." they can move boundaries of ARTCC center so that there is no stoppage of flights. Look at the US Senate page on and read the letter he wrote. So what happened? Why can't you just through a switch like you say you can? Come on Kathleen answer this question.


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