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Flights affected due to radar system failure in west Ireland

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A number of flights were either cancelled or delayed due to a radar system failure in the western part of Ireland on Tuesday night, local media reported.

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Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has confirmed the problem, saying that it is aware of a technical issue in Shannon Air Traffic Control and the issue is currently being investigated.

"As a precaution the flow of traffic has been restricted. We will provide an update shortly," said the IAA in a short statement posted on its website.

The technical problem at Shannon Airport was first made public by Cork Airport on its website about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night when it said "a radar problem in the west of Ireland which covers airspace including Cork Airport is impacting all flights coming from the west and south of Ireland."

The significant radar system failure has resulted in a "zero flow rate" in the Irish aerospace at present, it said, adding that "anything already in the airspace was processed through or has landed but nothing else is allowed to enter this airspace at present."

The latest news coming said that flights have resumed at Cork Airport following the activation of a backup system by the IAA.

The last scheduled departure to London Stansted Airport with Ryanair has taken off and further arrivals are due presently, said the airport, adding that most flights are now expected to operate to schedule on Wednesday morning.

Dublin airport has not been affected during the failure of the radar system at Shannon airport due to its proximity to Britain air traffic control, said Cork Airport.

Cork airport is the largest airport in southern Ireland while Shannon airport is the largest in the country's western coastal line.

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