FAA: Contractor ‘unintentionally’ removed files resulting in system outage, grounding of flights

FAA: Contractor ‘unintentionally’ removed files resulting in system outage, grounding of flights


The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement explaining the system outage that occurred last week resulting in the suspension of thousands of flights. One of the FAA’s contractors, an unnamed company, unintentionally removed files in the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which sends real-time information about potential hazards to pilots on their routes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last week the FAA’s initial assessment was that “a data file was damaged by personal who failed to follow procedures.” The FAA told the Journal this week “the agency has so far found no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent.”

The FAA has also declared it has fixed deficiencies in the system and adapted it to make it capable of withstanding such errors in the future. Immediately fingers were pointed

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