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Fog at L.A. airport......

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Fog at L.A. airport......

Fog at Los Angeles Airport, is causing many planes to be diverted...... WHY ?
21st century, modern electronics, radar.... planes on auto pilot... fly in the dark half way around the world for hours at a time... then at the destination, have to be diverted so that they can land.... ? ? ? ? 
Yeah, I know it`s nice to be able to see the ground when your flying 300 people, and about to land the plane... but when pilots can`t see the ground,... air traffic controllers can guide them in on "the glide path".. from radar observations, and the telemetry they send out .... so why do they need to divert?
Ground controllers don`t have to see individual planes on the tarmac, apron, wherever... they also use ground radar, and ATC to control movements... so again.. WHY  ?
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Re: Fog at L.A. airport......

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Re: Fog at L.A. airport......

Isn't it recommended that pilots can have good visibility of the runway?
I'm sick of people thinking pilots just use autopilot as a replacement - It's NOT a replacement, it's simply aid/guide to help you land safely.  However you still need visibility as these devices can (even at the slightest) possibly go wrong.
So if there is dense fog and very limited visibility of runway, it is recommended to divert.  Either divert or possibly crash.
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Re: Fog at L.A. airport......

When a similar thing happened at Heathrow it was stated that diverts were because planes could not move safely on the ground.