February 7, 2023

FAA systems were restored after the strike, which halted all domestic flight departures in the United States

Following this, flights across the US were grounded on Wednesday morning Federal Aviation Administration A victim Computer crashIt forced the suspension of all departures across the country while it worked to resolve the issue.

The FAA announced around 8:50 a.m. that the ground shutdown had been lifted and that normal air traffic operations would gradually resume while the cause of the problem continues to be investigated. But delays and cancellations have already spread across the country after the agency said the notification for air travel, or NOTAM, system had “failed”.

As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than 5,400 flights in and out of the U.S. were delayed, according to an online flight tracker. FlightAware. More than 940 flights are listed as cancelled.

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The FAA said in a tweet just before 7:20 a.m. that it was ordering airlines to suspend all domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET “to allow the agency to verify the integrity of flight and safety information” as it works to restore the NOTAM system. .

In subsequent updates, it said all flights in the sky were safe to land.

“Pilots check the NOTAM system before flying. “A notice to air travel alerts pilots to closed runways, equipment malfunctions and other potential hazards along the flight path or in a location that could affect flight,” the FAA said.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Tweet He added that “at this point there is no evidence of a cyber attack,” and President Joe Biden ordered the Department of Transportation to conduct a full investigation into the causes. He added: “The FAA will provide regular updates.”

A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that the FBI found no evidence that a cyber attack caused the outage. Cybersecurity experts say the most common cause of such problems is faulty software updates. However, the cause of Wednesday’s incident is still unclear.

“Today’s FAA catastrophic system failure is a clear indication that America’s transportation network needs significant upgrades,” Jeff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Travel Association, said in a statement Wednesday. “Americans deserve a seamless and safe travel experience . . . and our nation’s economy depends on a best-in-class air travel system.”

“We call on federal policymakers to modernize our critical air travel infrastructure to ensure our systems meet needs safely and efficiently,” Freeman said.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg A Tweet He “contacted the FAA this morning about a malfunction affecting a key system that provides safety information to pilots.”

United Airlines previously temporarily delayed all domestic flights. The airline said it will issue an update when it learns more about the situation from the FAA.

Southwest Airlines said it was “closely monitoring” the situation and that it “may affect the start of operations” on Wednesday.

“FAA system malfunction causes ground shutdown at AUS and other airports across the country,” Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said. Tweet.

“Arriving and departing passengers can expect delays this morning and throughout the day,” it said, adding: “Please stay in touch with your airline and check your flight status before traveling to AUS.”

Flights over the US at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday.
Flights over the US at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday. Flight Awareness

The news came after several social media users said they were affected by the situation.

Heather Allen, 32, was traveling from New York City to Seattle with her fiancé to visit family for a belated holiday trip. When she and other passengers asked to get off the Delta Airlines flight, John F. Kennedy International Airport was watching a movie on his plane on the tarmac.

He said he found out about the outage by reading news on Twitter and was on the plane about an hour before takeoff.

“Trying to be patient, but feeling frustrated,” Allen said. He said the situation at the airport was “not chaotic at the moment, but if the delays are long”.

The issue has also affected some flights to the US

Several airports outside the United States said operations were continuing as normal, but international airport operator Aéroports de Paris, or Airports of Paris, said all flights by US airlines were delayed. It said non-US airlines were flying as normal without disruption.

Air France said all its flights to the US were operating as scheduled and were not affected by the FAA computer outage. The airline said it is continuously monitoring the situation.

A spokesman for London’s Gatwick Airport said: “As far as we know, we are still flying to the US.

A spokeswoman for Frankfurt Airport in Germany said the FAA outage did not affect its operations.

This is a growing story. Check back for updates.

Sarah Maithly, Nancy Eng And Austin Mullen Contributed.