All U.S. domestic flights have been grounded for hours on Wednesday as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scrambled to fix a system outage.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there is a problem with the system that alerts pilots to potential hazards on flight routes.
The FAA said it was working to restore the system and changes to airport facilities and procedures that had stopped processing updated information.
It also said it had ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET (1400 GMT) to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.
American Airlines said the outage was impacting “all flights including all carriers”.
Flight carrier United Airlines said they were delaying all domestic flights until they heard more from the FAA.
Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport confirmed in a tweet that “a FAA outage is causing ground stops at AUS and other airports across the country.”
More than 1,200 flights within, into and out of the U.S. were delayed as of around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to online flight tracker FlightAware. Just over 100 flights were listed as cancelled.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.
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