Friday, August 29, 2008

A Little Matter of a Software Glitch in American Air Traffic Control, and 600+ Flights

"Airports Return to Normal After More Than 600 Flights Delayed by Apparent Computer Crash"
FOXNews (August 27, 2008)

" Air traffic returned to normal after a problem believed to be a software glitch was fixed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

"The FAA grounded hundreds of planes Tuesday after an apparent breakdown in the program the agency uses to log flight plans, but the matter was resolved by late evening.

" 'Everything's back to normal,' FAA spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere told Wednesday. '[The problem] was cleared up late last night.'..."

The bad news: Lots of people were left up in the air, literally, last Tuesday.

More bad news: As of Wednesday, the FAA techs hadn't figured out exactly what went wrong.

Good news: Whatever it was, it looks like we're looking at a software glitch, and not hackers.

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