An unexpected by-product of the millennium bug is set to cause chaos at airlines across the world. Over 80 per cent of planes are in the air at any given moment and most international carriers have said they will not fly planes on the 1 January 2000, just in case glitches cause major air disasters.
But that will create a new problem. There is simply not enough room on the world?s runways to park the planes and aviation experts are now scratching their heads about how to address the problem.
Large planes do not lend themselves to being parked in fields. That was demonstrated some years ago when the now defunct Dan Air landed in a field of cows at Inverness. The pilot, using local landmarks, landed at the site of the former airport, and not the new one five miles up the road. Recovering the plane from the field cost the airline hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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