Diversions after ill-equipped planes fail to land in fog

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Photo: Thick fog blanketing Adelaide has caused havoc at the airport. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

Fog has prevented many airlines landing planes at busy Adelaide airport on a Sunday morning. Past instances of fog-related delays at airports have raised question about why fog can throw Australian airports into chaos whilst North American and European airports, which experience much more severe fog, are rarely impacted.

Technological advances in airlines and airports facilitate sightless fog landings across the world. Australian airports, and/or the planes that land in them are not equipped for fog, and the costs to consumers and airport stakeholders are substantial.

Fog at Adelaide Airport prevents planes from landing

From abc.net.au, Sunday 24th August 2014

Thick fog over Adelaide has caused headaches at the city’s airport, with at least one plane caught in a holding pattern before being diverted.

The Jetstar flight from Brisbane was sent to Melbourne after circling fruitlessly while waiting for conditions to improve.

An airport spokesperson said a Singapore Airlines flight was also diverted to Victoria, while three Adelaide-bound flights that took off from Melbourne were turned back.

They included planes owned by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

The spokesperson for the airport said the fog had cleared by mid-morning.

Most of the affected passengers had been flown to Adelaide by 12pm (ACST) and plane scheduling was “back on track”.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Mark Anolak said the conditions were created after a small cold front moved over Adelaide yesterday, producing showers in the city and in the state’s mid-north.

The moisture combined with clear skies overnight, which in turn created a bank of fog over the mid-north that moved south and crept over Adelaide late in the morning.

The conditions also created a dense sea fog that stretched south of the city.

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