08 June 2007

FAA Computer Problems Force Departure Delays

FAA Computer Problems Force Departure Delays
(CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 HD has learned the Federal Aviation Administration is experiencing computer problems in departure planning, forcing numerous departure delays at airports nationwide.

Airports are apparently being forced to manually plug in flight information in order for planes to depart. It is not yet known how long delays could last for.

Peter Mertz, a New York City resident, was on board Spirit Air flight 313 to Detroit and said he had been sitting on the tarmac at La Guardia Airport for nearly 90 minutes. By 2:45 he said the plane had begun to move slowly for takeoff, and that it appeared other flights were taking off again.

"We boarded at like 5 after [1 p.m.] and we didn't even move out of the gate until like 2, and then they said it was gonna be like an hour, but they're taking off now at least," Mertz said.

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center MAP

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