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Scare Traffic Control

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November 28, 2006
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Pilots over the north of the UK must have been scared witless as they made their final approach, only for the instructions of air traffic control to be replaced with the sales patter of an Ulster used car dealer.

Such was the panic on the flight decks, as wind speed and heading instructions were replaced with wheeler dealing over a number of weeks, that a full scale hunt for the culprit was put in place.

A spy plane and detector van pinpointed the unwelcome interference to a car yard in Ballymena. The unsuspecting tradesman was completely unaware of the havoc he had wreaked, all caused by an illegally imported cordless phone with a range of 10 miles, which had inadvertently been set to the Air Traffic Control frequency!

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