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FAA outage: Damaged database file took down safety system, grounding flights

Thousands of flights were delayed across the U.S. after the Notice to Air Missions system, or NOTAM, “failed.”

What you need to know about the FAA computer outage

  • Normal air traffic operations were resuming across the U.S. on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said, after an overnight computer outage grounded thousands of flights.
  • The FAA said its Notice to Air Missions system, or NOTAM, which contains information essential to workers involved in flight operation, had "failed."
  • A corrupted and damaged database file in the system was blamed for the stoppage, the FAA said.
  • More than 1,300 flights were canceled Wednesday and 10,000 were delayed Wednesday.