Air traffic network glitch cleared up -- for now

The communications problem affected a Georgia facility that processes flight plans

As of this morning, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that flights around the country were no longer being delayed after a massive communications malfunction Tuesday.

A network failure at a Georgia facility is being blamed for multiple flight delays across the U.S. yesterday, including flights departing from major cities such as Boston, Atlanta and Washington.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the Associated Press that there are currently no safety issues and that airport officials have been able to maintain contact with pilots both on the ground and in the air.

The FAA estimated that roughly 650 flights experienced delays as a result of the computer glitch. Flights from Boston's Logan Airport to Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, Orlando and Tampa were being delayed by more than 45 minutes yesterday, according to officials at Logan Airport.

The FAA announced late yesterday that the glitch, which appears to have been a software problem, had been fixed and that the Georgia facility would be fully operational today. While most flights are now running on schedule, the FAA said flights departing from Atlanta may still experience some delays today.

According to the FAA, the facility in Georgia is primarily responsible for processing flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S.; the problems were caused by a communication failure between the Georgia facility and a similar processing facility in Utah.

This story, "Air traffic network glitch cleared up -- for now" was originally published by Network World.

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