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FAA communication glitch delays flights across US

eTN Staff Writer and wires  Aug 26, 2008

A communication glitch on Tuesday at a Federal Aviation Administration facility, which processes flight plans across the United States, is the cause for ‚Äúdelays of 16 to 45 minutes involving some three dozen airport around the country.‚ÄĚ

At press time, details as to the cause and extent of the situation have yet to emerge. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, however, told reporters that ‚Äúthere are no safety issues and officials are still able to speak to pilots on planes on the ground and in the air.‚ÄĚ

The trouble occurred at an FAA facility in Hampton, Georgia Tuesday afternoon when a communication link that transmits the data to a facility in Salt Lake City failed, according to Bergen. The communication breakdown resulted to the a near Salt Lake City having to process many more flight plans than usual which caused the delays.

Berfen added that at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport, officials had had to enter flight data manually in an effort to speed things up.

An air traffic controller told the Wall Street Journal that unless the problems are identified and resolved relatively quickly, delays could increase significantly when the air-traffic rush starts Wednesday morning.

FAA communication glitch delays flights across US

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