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FAA Says Airport Computer Glitch Fixed

System broke down in both Atlanta and Salt Lake City
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2009 9:56 AM CST
FAA Says Airport Computer Glitch Fixed
Flight cancellations appear on screens near AirTran ticketing counters at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink)

FAA officials say failed computers that delayed flights across the country are now working again. The air traffic controllers union says the computer failure involved both of the Federal Aviation Administration's computer centers in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, which handle flight plans for air traffic throughout the country.

Even though the FAA said today the problem had been solved, a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Union, said controllers were still entering flight plans manually into computers in some locations. This is the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays. The FAA still hasn't said how many flights were affected. (More FAA stories.)

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