FAA lifts airline ground stop as flight delays, cancellations pile up across the country
FAA system outage causes thousands of flight delays, cancellations, as investigators hunt for cause
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ground stop order Wednesday morning after suffering a nationwide technical system outage causing mass cancellations and delays.
The travel chaos was caused by the failure of the FAA's Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which alerts pilots and other personnel about airborne issues and other delays at airports across the country. More than 1,000 flights were canceled in the U.S., and more than 6,700 more flights in the U.S. were delayed, as of 11:30 a.m. ET.
FAA investigators are continuing to search for the cause of the outage.
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"Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the United States following an overnight outage to the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety information to flight crews," the FAA wrote in its fifth update of the morning.
"The ground stop has been lifted. The agency continues to look into the cause of the initial problem," the statement continued.
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Most airlines had already chosen to ground their own craft due to the system's failure early Wednesday.
United Airlines announced its decision to ground all of its aircraft until 10 a.m. ET due to the outage.
The incident comes roughly a week after an air traffic issue prompted the FAA to slow all flight traffic in Florida earlier in January. That failure involved the En Route Automation Modernization at airports across the state.
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The earlier January incident affected Southwest Airlines in particular, leaving many travelers stranded without their bags.