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Planes grounded at Arlanda airport

Update: 1045

All flights in and out of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport have been suspended due a breakdown in the air traffic control communication system.

The problem began at 9am on Saturday morning preventing air traffic controllers from communicating electronically with planes taking off and landing. The control tower's back-up system also went down. Initially planes scheduled to land were guided in manually. Now all flights into the airport are being diverted.

“There will be delays for passengers and if the problem continues people will be directed to other airports,” Klas Nilsson, a spokesman for the airport company Swedavia, told Swedish Radio, adding that the origin of the breakdown is unknown.

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