FAA Computer Glitch Delays Flights

Some sort of computer failure in Georgia slowed down the filing of flight plans to the FAA today, which caused major delays at some major airports – particularly Atlanta, the nation’s busiest.

I’ve been trying for hours to analyze how big a deal this was. CNN was all over it, but then CNN is based in Atlanta. The Associated Press refers to “mass delays,” but nobody has the full details yet.

And I’m still not quite clear on exactly what went wrong. One guy who seemed to know what he was talking about explained it on airliners.net:

 … the problem was/is with the NADIN circuit(s), and the switches at ATL and SLC. Both were reportedly down, and many flight plans were re-requested which further bogged down the system.

So there you have it.


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