Delayed flights in the US due to computer failure throughout the country

Flight delays in the US continue to accumulate this Wednesday and are already at almost 5,000 despite the lifting, just over an hour ago, of the order from the federal aviation authority that prohibited domestic departures due to a computer failure.

According to flight tracker Flightaware, there are already 5,417 flight delays within, to and from the US and 900 cancellations.

Ten minutes before 9:00 a.m. US Eastern local time (14:00 GMT), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the green light to the departures of domestic flights that had previously ordered to suspend due to a computer problem.

Passengers line up to be treated at the Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 11, 2023. EFE/Cj Gunther

In a message on Twitter, the FAA indicated that “normal air traffic operations are gradually resuming in the US following an overnight failure of the Air Mission Notification System that provides safety information to flight crews.”

It added that it continues to investigate the cause of the initial problem.

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Hours earlier, the FAA had notified its order that all domestic flight departures in the US be postponed until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time in the country (2:00 p.m. GMT) due to a failure in the Air Mission Notification system.

Planes remain at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 11, 2023. EFE/Cj Gunther

Said system is a procedure that provides essential information for personnel related to flight operations and warns in real time about an abnormal state in the American aerospace system.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, was informed by the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, of the failure in the airspace control system, reported the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, in a tweet.

A monitor shows the status of flights at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 11, 2023. EFE/Cj Gunther

“There is no proof of a cyberattack at this time,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that Biden ordered a full investigation to find out what caused it.

The US had suffered air chaos two weeks ago, although then it was due to the passage of winter storm Elliot, which caused thousands of flight cancellations.

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