Air travel across US thrown into chaos after computer outage2023-01-11 19:20 by Daniela
Thousands of flights across the U.S. were canceled or delayed Wednesday after a government system that offers safety and other information to pilots broke down, stranding some planes on the ground for hours.
The travel chaos was caused by the failure of the FAA's Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which alerts pilots and other personnel about airborne issues and other delays at airports across the country. More than 1,000 flights were canceled in the U.S., and more than 6,700 more flights in the U.S. were delayed, as of 11:30 a.m. ET.
Officials ultimately found a corrupt file in NOTAM, the source said. A corrupt file was also found in the backup system.
A little over two hours after the initial reports of the issue, the FAA has now stated that operations were being restored and flights were taking off - but many airlines and airports warn that disruptions are likely to continue across the day.
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