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More than 1,000 flights canceled in the US due to computer problems

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Aircraft parked at San Francisco Airport in February 2021

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Aircraft parked at San Francisco Airport in February 2021

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Normal operations at U.S. airports are expected to return this Thursday after a computer problem at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wreaked havoc and forced thousands of planes to remain on the ground during the previous day.

In general, and according to information from site FlightAware, of 21,464 flights scheduled to depart from US airports on Wednesday, 10,578 were delayed and 1,353 cancelled..

In social media updatethe aviation administration itself said its preliminary investigation indicates that the problem arose from a corrupted database – specifying, however, that so far there is no evidence of a cyberattack.

The FAA also confirmed there were problems with the air mission notification system. [NOTAM, Sistema de aviso de missões aéreas], a system that warns pilots of possible hazards along the flight path. On Wednesday morning, “operations across the entire national airspace system were affected.”

US President Joe Biden said in a statement that he was in contact with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and that the reasons are not yet known and are under investigation. “I asked him to let me know directly as soon as he knew what had happened. They still do not know, but they hope to find out within a few hours so that the necessary measures can be taken,” he said.

Buttigieg, who initially refused to rule out the possibility of a computer attack, has since confirmed the FAA’s thesis. “A preliminary investigation revealed a corrupted database with no signs of a cyber attack,” the official said on Twitter.adding that the FAA will “continue to work to identify the causes of the problem and prevent incidents in the future.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has already stated on Twitter that at the moment there is no sign that the suspension is due to a cyberattack.

Source: Observador

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