The White House said on Wednesday (local time) that there was no evidence that a cyber attack caused a system outage at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that delayed hundreds of flights.
Washington: The White House said on Wednesday (local time) that there is no evidence of a cyber attack as the cause of a system outage at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that has delayed hundreds of flights.
White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre tweeted that “at this point there is no evidence of a cyber attack, but the President has directed the DOT to conduct a full investigation into the cause.” The overnight outage caused widespread inconvenience, delaying thousands of flights across the country.
Meanwhile, the FAA on Wednesday lifted a grounding order on all domestic flights across the United States that provided pilots with pre-flight safety briefings.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden was briefed on the outage and spoke with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday morning.
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“They don’t know what the reason is,” Biden told reporters, “I told them to let me know directly when they know. The plane can still land safely, just not take off. They don’t know what’s causing it, they’ll have a better idea of what caused it in a few hours and expect to respond at that time.”
It was the latest problem to hit the country’s air travel nearly two weeks after Southwest Airlines canceled more than half of its flights in a three-day period after Christmas, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
The US regulatory body, the FAA, ordered the ground stop after its NOTAM – or Notice to Air Missions – system failed. The FAA lifted the order shortly before 9 a.m. (local time), and the agency said normal air traffic operations had resumed nationwide. According to CNN, it is said to be trying to find the cause of the problem.
Earlier, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed all flight operators of an airspace system failure, as all flights in the US were grounded after a technical failure in the FAA’s computer system. According to reports, more than 400 flights were delayed.
“The FAA system that sends critical real-time flight threats and restrictions to all commercial airline pilots – Notices to Air Missions (NOTAM) – is currently experiencing a nationwide outage,” US-based United Air said in a statement. United has temporarily delayed all domestic flights and will issue an update when we hear more from the FAA.
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