US flights take to air again after four-hour outage meltdown disrupted global aviation
Flights resumed after 9 a.m. EST (7:30 p.m. IST) when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAAA) announced that an overnight outage of the Aviation Mission Notification system (Note), providing safety information to the crew, has been fixed. But the delay has had a widespread impact across the US and globally with arrivals delayed and missed flights.
The FAA did not explain the exact nature of the incident and the White House said there was no evidence of a cyber attack ‘at this time’, but the incident rocked the global aviation industry, with a focus on the US , accounting for nearly a quarter of all 100,000 daily flights worldwide.
Flights across US grounded after FAA system failure
A computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration has brought flights across the United States to a halt, with hundreds of flight delays rapidly continuing to the system at airports across the country.
According to the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), it services more than 45,000 flights and 2.9 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace every day.
Flight tracking website FlightAware recorded more than 6000 flights delayed in, into, or out of the United States until 9 a.m. The last time the US grounded all flights was after 9/11 when commercial air traffic was halted for several days.
There has been familiar political controversy with Trumpistas complaining that the US has become a “third world country” and homophobic comments directed at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who homosexual. The Pentagon said its operations were not affected.
FAA currently has no head, with the President BidenHis candidate to lead the agency, Phillip Washington, languished because lawmakers had not yet scheduled confirmation hearings.