11 Jan 2023

Thousands Of Flights Grounded In America Due To Computer Outage


New York: A computer outage grounded thousands of flights across the United States on Wednesday morning with passengers facing delays and cancellations, according to reports.
"The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now," the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement on Twitter.
"Operations across the National Airspace System are Affected. We will provide frequent updates as we make progress."
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it has asked airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 am US Eastern Time and is working to restore a system that alerts pilots to hazards and changes to airport facilities and procedures that had stopped processing updated information.
More than 1,100 flights were delayed within, into, or out of the United States on Wednesday (11 January) morning with 94 cancelled so far, flight tracking website FlightAware showed. Reports from US media said that all flights were grounded due to the technical glitch.

Passengers stranded at airports

Passengers at airports across the country have tweeted to say they have been stranded because of the system failure. One social media user at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris said their airline had informed them that no flights were flying to America.
Many airports including Philadelphia International, Kansas City and Orlando International also posted notices on social media telling passengers to check with airlines about delays caused by the outage.

Closely monitoring situation, say airlines

Airlines including Southwest, United and American have also issued statements to say they are closely monitoring the situation and asking passengers to check their flight information.
The FAA's NOTAM system alerts pilots and other flight personnel about hazards or any changes to airport facility services and relevant procedures.  This system was not processing updated information, the civil aviation regulator's website showed on Wednesday.
A NOTAM is a notice containing information essential to personnel concerned with flight operations, but not known far enough in advance to be publicised by other means.
Flight safety information can go up to 200 pages for long-haul international flights and may include items such as runway closures, general bird hazard warnings, or low-altitude construction obstacles.

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