Computer glitch causes ‘flypocalypse’ at Washington, D.C., New York airports – Chicago Tribune

A problem with a next-generation air traffic control system resulted in hourslong flight delays and cancellations on Saturday at airports in Washington and New York, leaving travelers stuck in planes on taxiways or jammed into crowded terminals as they scrambled to make alternate plans.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was “diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” that resulted in the delays which began late Saturday morning.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the FAA issued another statement, saying the problem was fixed and it was working to get airlines back to normal operations. The backup in flights, however, will take hours to clear. And for many passengers who had their flight canceled already, the next available seat may not come until Monday morning.

In addition to the delays on the ground, officials said they are routing traffic around the affected airspace. A flight-mapping site shows the airspace surrounding the D.C. area as empty due to the delays.


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