GPS Glitches Cause 2 Finnair Flights to Miss Landing at Tartu Airport

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2 Finnair flights fail to land at Tartu Airport due to GPS disruptions

Two flights of the national flag carrier Finnair failed to land at Tartu airport in Estonia due to Global Positioning System (GPS) interference and had to return to Helsinki Airport early Friday and early Saturday, local media in Estonia and Finland reported.

Estonian Broadcasting Corporation ERR, quoting a passenger of the flight on Saturday said that the plane turned back about 15 minutes before the landing and returned to Helsinki Airport and same incident also happened on the previous day.

According to the passenger, the pilot said that landing at Tartu at night needs an accurate GPS signal, which was not available there, said the ERR report.

The flight from Helsinki to Tartu on Friday daytime, however, was landed accordingly and also departed from Tartu to Helsinki usually.

Finnair spokesperson Päivyt Tallqvist told the Finnish national broadcaster Yle that GPS interference is a relatively common phenomenon, and it does not usually warrant flights turning back.

Tallqvist also said that airports generally use multiple systems for approach and do not rely on GPS signals only, but Tartu Airport is one of the few airports that has no other systems.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

8 Comments
  1. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s concerning that GPS disruptions can lead to flights not being able to land at certain airports. The safety and reliability of air travel should always be a top priority. Hopefully, airports like Tartu will implement additional systems to prevent such incidents in the future.

  2. EmilySmith says

    Finnair’s experience with the GPS disruptions at Tartu Airport highlights the importance of reliable navigation systems for safe landings. It’s concerning that a lack of accurate GPS signal led to flights having to turn back, causing inconvenience for passengers. Airports need to ensure they have backup systems in place to prevent such incidents from impacting travel schedules.

  3. Emily_1987 says

    It’s concerning how reliant we are on GPS for aircraft navigation. This incident highlights the importance of having backup systems in place to ensure the safety of flights, especially when dealing with critical operations like landing.

  4. GinaSmith23 says

    It’s concerning to hear that GPS interference caused Finnair flights to miss landing at Tartu Airport. The reliance on accurate GPS signals for night landings raises questions about the airport’s infrastructure preparedness. Hopefully, steps will be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

  5. AlexWilson87 says

    It’s concerning that GPS interference caused these flights to miss landing. Airport navigation systems must be robust to handle such issues effectively, ensuring passenger safety.

  6. EmilySmith says

    It’s concerning that GPS interference led to the flights missing their landing at Tartu Airport. Safety should always be the top priority in aviation, and having reliable navigation systems is crucial for smooth operations.

  7. Emily Smith says

    I can’t imagine how scary it must have been for the passengers and crew to experience such a situation. It’s concerning that a vital system like GPS can fail in such a critical moment. Hopefully, measures will be taken to prevent this from happening again in the future.

  8. EmmaSmith92 says

    It’s concerning to hear about the GPS glitches causing Finnair flights to miss landing at Tartu Airport. Safety should always be the top priority in aviation, especially when it comes to crucial navigation systems like GPS. I hope the authorities address this issue promptly to prevent such incidents in the future.

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