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Radar problem affecting airports fixed

Uppdaterat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 16.18
Publicerat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 14.33
Infrastructure Minister calls for meeting to review what happened
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Flygledningstornet på Arlanda flygplats.
The air traffic control tower at Arlanda, outside of Stockholm. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT

After a radar system failure grounded flights at several airports on Thursday, aviation officials are now trying to get traffic up and running again.

The so-called "communication problem" hit the the radar system at the Civil Aviation Administration and stopped between 40 to 50 flights.

Sweden's Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson said she will call a meeting with all relevant parties to discuss what caused the failure and how to prevent similar problems in the future. 

Stockholm's Bromma and Arlanda airports along with Gothenburg's Landvetter airport stopped air traffic for more than an a hour due to the system failure, and other Swedish airports also experienced delays and a reduction in their flight traffic.

Swedish airport operator Swedavia said the technical problems had been fixed about 1:20 p.m. and that air traffic was returning back to normal. Swedavia, however, warned that passengers should still expect delays. 

The cause of problem is still unknown but a police told Swedish Radio that there were no indications this was an act of sabotage.

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