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Computer failure closes southern UK airspace

Airspace over the southern UK has been completely closed as a result of a computer failure.

The closure is in effect until at least 19:00, according to Eurocontrol.

UK air navigation service NATS says its main air traffic centre at Swanwick has suffered a “technical problem”.

“Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details,” it adds.

Eurocontrol says the failure centres on Swanwick's flight-data computer server.

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