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BIA ATC one-eyed

A specialist from Rome has been brought down along with the necessary mechanical parts to restore the damaged radar at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), sources told The Nation.
“We have got down the necessary spare parts from a manufacturer in Rome. A specialist on the subject arrived in the country on Friday,” sources said.
Meanwhile, air traffic controllers, with the remaining secondary antenna, are using an alternative method called Procedure Control to guide aircraft, at the BIA.
Referring to the Piduruthalagala antenna, the official stated that its damage is a serious structural damage and the necessary mechanical parts would have to be specially redesigned and manufactured. Hence, the repair of this antenna would take much longer. (CW)

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