Computer Chaos Causes Pasco Airport to Turn Back Flights
Flights had to be redirected back to land at other airports after a weather computer system that gives details to incoming planes failed late Tuesday night at the Pasco Airport according to news reports. That system, the Airport Surface Observation Weather System, sends important information to the pilots about weather that they need to land when the local control towers are closed.
The system is ran by the National Weather Service and they sent a technician to fix the problem. Two flights had to be turned back from Portland and Seattle because they could not access the weather system on their own. If the problem is not fixed for tonight, the airport will ask for an extension of hours for the control tower to cover the late night flights.