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FAA computer failure fixed after grounding flights nationwide

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(NEW YORK) — UPDATE – Flights are taking off once again across the country as a ground stop has been lifted, according to the FAA, now that a critical preflight computer system is back up and running.  The  Notice to Air Missions system first experienced problems last night and then  the glitch snowballed into a complete failure this morning.   FlightAware says more than 58-hundred flights within, into, or out of the U.S. have been delayed so far today. More than 950 flights have been canceled. The top trouble spots around the country include Charlotte and New York’s LaGuardia. Flights were grounded until 9:00 a.m. and now the FAA says the cause of the failure is under investigation.  President Biden says it does not appear that the system was hacked or that there was a cyber attack.

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A computer failure at the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all flights nationwide until 9:00 a.m., according to the FAA.

The affected system is responsible for sending out flight hazards and real time restrictions to pilots known as NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions).

“THE FAA is experiencing an outage that is impacting the update of NOTAMS. All flights are unable to be released at this time,” the FAA said in a statement.

American Airlines told ABC News that it has only meant delays for their flights for the moment.

The system contains information essential to workers involved in flight operations. A source with knowledge of the situation told NBC News that all flights in the U.S. were grounded following the incident.

“The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and repopulating the system now,” said the FAA in an update issued shortly after their initial announcement. “Operations across the National Airspace System are affected. We will provide frequent updates as we make progress.”

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