ILS tested Thursday afternoon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/11/10

ILS tested Thursday afternoon

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX ST (KCBD) - Thursday's weather just added to more frustrations at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Not only were flights delayed and canceled due to weather, but to top that off the instrument landing system is still broken.

Federal Aviation Administration teams remain in Lubbock Thursday night trying to fix this ongoing problem that travelers have had to deal with for the last week.

A FAA spokesperson tells me they sent a plane up in the air around 3:00 this afternoon for several hours. During the flight, the FAA tested the ILS and monitored both the flight path and the area within several miles of the airport for any type of radio interference.  That's what they believe is causing the problem.

Repeated flight checks will take place throughout the day Friday as well. On Tuesday the ILS was said to be fixed, but it wasn't long before it was down again. On Thursday the majority of flights coming into Lubbock were canceled or delayed, and some travelers trying to get out of Lubbock had to give up on Thursday and hope for the best Friday.

"From the airlines they are saying even later flights are going to be canceled so it doesn't make sense to even try so I'm just going to get a hotel room and spend the night here in beautiful Lubbock," said David Breslauer, who's flight was canceled.

Friday morning there is expected to be low visibility so if you have a flight scheduled make sure to check with your carrier for delays and cancellations.

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