Air traffic control flop: PKR wants gov't to explain

21 Sep 2012 | 2,505 views

The Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre reportedly went blind last week, suffering "total failure in the system with no radar, no radio frequencies", putting airborne planes and passengers at risk as there was no guidance from ground air traffic controllers.

This was revealed by opposition party PKR today.

Party leaders showed the press what they claimed are copies of the Department of Civil Aviation's (DCA) system log and interim report by the systems maintenance contractor on the alleged 2.50 am crisis on Sept 12.

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The Civial Aviation Department has denied these allegations:

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) today denied losing control of planes at the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre sector after power failure rendered the centre's radar inoperable for over an hour last week.

"We had a power failure due to problems with a circuit breaker and the radar was inoperative," admitted its director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman to Malaysiakini.

He stressed that the problem was not with the air traffic control system per se but just a power outage.

Camera/Editing: Tan Jiun Wuu