ILS and winter weather cause more problems at Lubbock airport - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

2/11/10/

ILS and winter weather cause more problems at Lubbock airport

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Airlines canceled flights across the country Thursday due to winter weather, but in Lubbock the broken Instrument Landing System magnified that problem. Since last Tuesday travelers trying to get in and out of Lubbock have had to deal with cancellations and delays due to the broken ILS, which is an instrument many planes need to land in bad weather.

Airlines canceled almost every flight in and out of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Thursday morning, but later in the day more flights were able to take off and land. Airlines say the reason for Thursday's cancellations and delays is both the weather across the country and the broken ILS.

Many travelers now must foot the bill of a rental car, a hotel room, or both. "Every indication from the airlines are saying that even later, flights are going to be canceled. It doesn't make sense to even try, so I'm just going to get a hotel room and spend the night," said David Breslaver whose flight to Phoenix was canceled.

"The weather's bad. The ILS is down. It's very frustrating, but it's somewhat understandable. At least the weather is. Now the ILS, they need to get that fixed. How long has it been down? a week now?," said Mike McGlone.

The Federal Aviation Administration owns and maintains the ILS equipment. They believe some sort of radio interference is causing the problems. They continue to work to fix it, but have not said when they will have it up and running again.

©2010 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Service honors fallen service members at Albany's Field of Crosses

    Service honors fallen service members at Albany's Field of Crosses

    Sunday, May 28 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-05-29 02:19:11 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Several dozen people gathered Sunday to remember and honor fallen military service members. It was the annual Field of Crosses Memorial Day Service at the Albany Mall. Speakers talked about the focus of Memorial Day being fallen service members.

    More >>

    Several dozen people gathered Sunday to remember and honor fallen military service members. It was the annual Field of Crosses Memorial Day Service at the Albany Mall. Speakers talked about the focus of Memorial Day being fallen service members.

    More >>
  • "Rabbitman" hosts third annual After School Extravaganza

    "Rabbitman" hosts third annual After School Extravaganza

    Sunday, May 28 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-05-29 02:14:36 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A local business rewarded students after another successful school year.  Elijah Williams Jr., owner of Rabbitman Footwear, hosted his After School Extravaganza. It's a chance to celebrate students for their hard work during the school year.

    More >>

    A local business rewarded students after another successful school year.  Elijah Williams Jr., owner of Rabbitman Footwear, hosted his After School Extravaganza. It's a chance to celebrate students for their hard work during the school year.

    More >>
  • WATCH: Airman surprises sister at Mitchell Co. High graduation

    WATCH: Airman surprises sister at Mitchell Co. High graduation

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-05-29 01:10:11 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    A U.S. Airman pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for his sister this weekend. Jakeria Florence graduated from Mitchell County High School Friday night. Scarlette M Wimberly She did not think her brother, Airman 1st Class Jason Florence, would make it to her graduation. He's been stationed in Alaska for more than two years.

    More >>

    A U.S. Airman pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for his sister this weekend. Jakeria Florence graduated from Mitchell County High School Friday night. Scarlette M Wimberly She did not think her brother, Airman 1st Class Jason Florence, would make it to her graduation. He's been stationed in Alaska for more than two years.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly