Southend flights diverted due to fog

Southend flights diverted due to fog

Southend flights diverted due to fog

First published in Echo News

FOUR Southend Airport-bound flights were diverted because of fog on Sunday night, leading to long delays for hundreds of passengers.

Fog was ruled enough of a problem for easyJet flights from Edinburgh, Venice, Barcelona and Amsterdam to be sent elsewhere for safety reasons.

Two of the flights were diverted to Stansted and two to Gatwick, where conditions were better.

A spokesman for the airport said: “All people were bussed back to Southend Airport and the planes returned to the airport ready to do the flights this morning as normal.”

Several residents reported hearing planes circling over their homes for extended periods before they came in to land.

Others took to Twitter to express their concerns.

Scary Biscuit said: “Some problem over Southend Airport by the looks of it.”

Another user said: “So we’ve been sent to Stansted instead of Southend Airport. I shall be home at 3am. It was because they only had 50 metres visibility and they need 600. I should be counting myself lucky.”

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1:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tophat27dt says...

Is this really so interesting? Flights often divert away from airports due to fog, low cloud, crosswinds, closed runways, excessive ATC delays, etc. Stansted and Gatwick are not the other side of the world, and all passengers were brought back to Southend by coaches as quickly as possible. Normally it's Southend that is receiving many flights from London-City. Mother Nature!
Is this really so interesting? Flights often divert away from airports due to fog, low cloud, crosswinds, closed runways, excessive ATC delays, etc. Stansted and Gatwick are not the other side of the world, and all passengers were brought back to Southend by coaches as quickly as possible. Normally it's Southend that is receiving many flights from London-City. Mother Nature! tophat27dt
  • Score: -9

1:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

maxell says...

tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.
tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures. maxell
  • Score: 15

1:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

emcee says...

This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.
This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world. emcee
  • Score: -6

1:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

A Pedant says...

At least that was 4 less flights to argue a compo claim around
At least that was 4 less flights to argue a compo claim around A Pedant
  • Score: -5

1:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

emcee wrote:
This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.
It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.[/p][/quote]It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -7

1:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

emcee wrote:
This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.
And ironically they show the airport terminal on a bright clear sunny perfect flying day in the added photo...Doh.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.[/p][/quote]And ironically they show the airport terminal on a bright clear sunny perfect flying day in the added photo...Doh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

emcee says...

maxell wrote:
tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.
Even with ILS you need some kind of visual backup for safety reasons, sudden encroachment on, or approach to, the runway by rogue vehicles or other aircraft, for example.
Indeed, non working ILS is far more news worthy than plane diversions because of fog. However, ILS is a far too technical concept for Echo journalists to get to grips with.
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.[/p][/quote]Even with ILS you need some kind of visual backup for safety reasons, sudden encroachment on, or approach to, the runway by rogue vehicles or other aircraft, for example. Indeed, non working ILS is far more news worthy than plane diversions because of fog. However, ILS is a far too technical concept for Echo journalists to get to grips with. emcee
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Southend Andy says...

Slow news day at the echo.
Slow news day at the echo. Southend Andy
  • Score: -4

4:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

disenfranchisedpast says...

maxell wrote:
tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.
No, everything about this statement is wrong.

Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case.

Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system.

Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys.

All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility.

If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut.
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.[/p][/quote]No, everything about this statement is wrong. Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case. Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system. Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys. All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility. If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut. disenfranchisedpast
  • Score: -2

7:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

disenfranchisedpast wrote:
maxell wrote:
tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.
No, everything about this statement is wrong.

Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case.

Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system.

Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys.

All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility.

If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut.
Well said disenfranchisedpast.


Maxwell clearly knows nothing about airport regulations and it would be interesting to know where he got his information from relating to the ILS being out of service, wonder if he would be as kind as to tell us...
[quote][p][bold]disenfranchisedpast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.[/p][/quote]No, everything about this statement is wrong. Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case. Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system. Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys. All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility. If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut.[/p][/quote]Well said disenfranchisedpast. Maxwell clearly knows nothing about airport regulations and it would be interesting to know where he got his information from relating to the ILS being out of service, wonder if he would be as kind as to tell us... Joe Clark
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
emcee wrote:
This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.
It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here.
Yet you bothered to comment, easily pleased ?
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.[/p][/quote]It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here.[/p][/quote]Yet you bothered to comment, easily pleased ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tophat27dt says...

disenfranchisedpast wrote:
maxell wrote:
tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.
No, everything about this statement is wrong.

Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case.

Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system.

Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys.

All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility.

If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut.
Maxell writes total rubbish...and yet he gets 14 "thumbs up"votes.....somethi
ng nuts going on here. The CAT1 ILS system is fully operational but the runway visibility was well below the minima for a safe landing that evening. End of subject.
[quote][p][bold]disenfranchisedpast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: tophat ,yes but the ILS system should have assited the landing, oh thats right its not working, I wonder why people are not asking the question why ? As it is a major saftey device, that forms part of the lease and planning application, yet it its not working, due to punctures.[/p][/quote]No, everything about this statement is wrong. Southends ILS is working, if it wasn't it would be published as out of service by a NOTAM (notice to airmen) these are publicly available and a quick google shows this was not the case. Your love of "punctures" is misinformed twaddle, the Southend ILS, like every other ILS in the country is flight checked by calibrator aircraft. If a new structure penetrates the cleared area then it has to be flight checked again to ensure that the penetration doesn't affect the performance of the system. Google shows that Southend has a CAT 1 ILS, slightly better than london citys. All ILS approaches require some kind of forward visibility in order to land, with the exception of the CAT 3 C approach, which theoretically allows aircraft to land in zero visibility. If you think that the CAA, as the regulator, would allow public transport operations at an airport with an "unsafe" ILS then you are the worst kind of conspiracy nut.[/p][/quote]Maxell writes total rubbish...and yet he gets 14 "thumbs up"votes.....somethi ng nuts going on here. The CAT1 ILS system is fully operational but the runway visibility was well below the minima for a safe landing that evening. End of subject. tophat27dt
  • Score: -3

9:18am Wed 23 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
emcee wrote:
This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.
It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here.
Yet you bothered to comment, easily pleased ?
Someone pee in your cornflakes? Or are you just naturally rude?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: This is one of the most non-news, news items I think the Echo have come up with for a long while. Flight diversions because of weather happen day in, day out, all over the world.[/p][/quote]It is isn't it? It is almost painful to see some of the headlines on here.[/p][/quote]Yet you bothered to comment, easily pleased ?[/p][/quote]Someone pee in your cornflakes? Or are you just naturally rude? Happy Chickie
  • Score: -2

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