A crucial Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) system has suffered a glitch, grounding flights throughout the US in accordance with media stories. The FAA posted an advisory notice early Wednesday which notes that the United States NOTAM (Notice to Air Mission) system has “failed” and that engineers are working to deliver it again on-line.
At 7:19AM ET, the agency said it had “ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures” till 9AM ET to provide it time to “validate the integrity of flight and safety information.” At least one airline, United, issued a notice previous to the newest FAA directive saying it’s grounded all flights.
“The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System,” the FAA said in an earlier statement. “We are performing final validation checks and repopulating the system now. Operations across the National Airspace System are affected.” It added that it’ll present “frequent updates” as work progresses.
NOTAM is a crucial system that retains pilots and different flight personnel knowledgeable of the standing of airports throughout the nation, Reuters reports. It can provide data on runway closures, chicken hazards, and different obstacles.
As of this writing, flight tracker FlightAware stories over a thousand delayed flights within the US, and over 100 cancelled.
Update January eleventh, 7:28AM ET: Added FAA assertion saying it’s grounded all flights till 9AM ET.
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