FAA Reveals More Details On System Outage That Grounded Flights Nationwide

FAA Reveals More Details On System Outage That Grounded Flights Nationwide


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Thursday evening that the system outage that grounded flights nationwide last week was caused by contractors unintentionally deleting files.

All flights across the United States were grounded early on January 11 as the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions system unexpectedly failed, producing backlash against the agency and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Officials determined that “contract personnel unintentionally deleted files while working to correct synchronization between the live primary database and a backup database,” according to a statement from the FAA.

“The agency has so far found no evidence of a cyber-attack or malicious intent. The FAA continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the outage,” the statement continued. “The FAA made the necessary repairs to the system and has taken steps

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