Radio Issues Stall Flights

By Greg Janda
|  Monday, Aug 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:47 PM CDT
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Airspace radio issues delayed departing flights and rerouted some inbound flights into both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field Monday afternoon.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Airspace radio issues delayed departing flights and rerouted some inbound flights into both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field Monday afternoon.

Airspace radio issues are delaying departing flights and rerouting some inbound flights into both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field.

"There is a problem with the switching equipment that allows air traffic controllers to automatically switch between frequencies and coordinate with one another across airspace sectors," says Lynn Lunsford, Mid-States Public Affairs Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lunsford says controllers can make the switches manually, but that the process is delaying flights out of both major North Texas airports.

The FAA says delays are around 30 minutes for flights and that some inbound flights have been diverted to other airports.

UPDATE: Controllers at DFW Airport and Love Field say the problem is being fixed and both airports are getting back to normal with arrivals and departures. Still, delays could continue into the evening.

NBC 5 has crews on the way to the scene to gather more information.

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