The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working to solve the technical glitch, and ascertain what caused it, but until then here’s a brief summary of what’s been going on.
Domestic flights were grounded… in the US due to an overnight glitch with the Notice to Air Missions System (NOTAM), which alerts pilots to potential hazards on flight routes.
The issue is… with NOTAM, which provides pilots with crucial notifications, including:
- the real-time and abnormal status of the National Airspace System (NAS), impacting every user.
- the establishment, condition, or change of any facility, service, procedure or hazard in the NAS
Fixes by the FAA… are happening now, which air officials say has led to some functions coming back online.
Back to normal… by 09:00 ET (14:00 GMT), according to the latest FAA estimate.
Flights taking off again… from airports across the US, with the FAA naming Newark Liberty International Airport and Atlanta Airport as examples of places where departures have resumed due to “air traffic congestion”.
The White House… says there’s no evidence of this being a cyber-attack and President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into what happened.
Major US airlines… such as American Airlines have said the outage was impacting “all flights including all carriers”.
US Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg… says he has been in contact with the FAA, and that they are working to resolve the issue “swiftly and safely”.