Britain’s Prince Philip, 96, enters hospital for hip surgery – ABC News

Queen Elizabeth II’s 96-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has been admitted to a London hospital for a previously scheduled hip surgery,¬†Buckingham Palace¬†said Tuesday.

The palace said the prince entered the King Edward VII Hospital in the afternoon and would have the surgery Wednesday. It said the hospital admission and surgery were planned.

Officials declined to provide additional details about the surgery and said “further updates will be issued when appropriate.”

The prince announced in May that he was retiring from most public duties after decades of royal service. The palace said at the time he had carried out roughly 22,000 solo royal engagements since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

Source: Britain’s Prince Philip, 96, enters hospital for hip surgery – ABC News

Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News

Almost 15,000 flights could be delayed after a failure in Europe’s air traffic co-ordination system.

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation said almost 15,000 scheduled flights in Europe “could have some delay”.

Contingency plans put in place have reduced the network capacity by another 10%, it said.

The problem is expected to be solved late on Tuesday evening.

The safety group, also known by its shorter name Eurocontrol, said there had been a failure in its Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.

The system helps to manage air traffic by comparing demand and capacity of different air traffic control sectors.

Air traffic control itself has not been directly affected, and Eurocontrol said there “are no safety implications arising from this incident”.

“We have never had anything like this before,” a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

Source: Half of European flights delayed due to system failure – BBC News