All U.S. domestic flights grounded as key FAA system goes down.
As a result of a significant system breakdown, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is unable to issue vital hazard notifications to commercial pilots, delaying flights across the country, including perhaps all that fly over any domestic U.S. airspace. The FAA reports that it is working to remedy the issue, but extensive disruptions persist as of Wednesday morning.
The agency tweeted just before 6:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday that it was “working to restore its Notice to Air Mission Systems” (aka NOTAM) after numerous passengers had already reported flight delays at airports around the country. The Notice to Air Missions System offers critical real-time updates regarding potential flight dangers and airspace restrictions.
Flights look to be grounded across the nation while they await the system’s return to service. United has announced that “all domestic flights have been momentarily delayed” pending more information from the FAA. According to social media user accounts, international flights into the country are also affected. The agency announced via its own Twitter account that it has instructed airlines to halt all domestic flights until 9 a.m. ET while it works to validate the integrity of flight and safety information, after adding earlier that it had begun to put system components back online.
On Wednesday morning, the FAA issued a failure notice for the system, although the cause has not yet been established. The White House reports that President Biden has been briefed on the situation and that there is currently “no evidence of a cyberattack.”
Despite the concerns and continued efforts to remedy the problem, the FAA reports that “all flights currently in the sky are safe to land,” It also announced that it is “making progress” in restoring NOTAM and that departures had resumed at two airports, Newark and Atlanta, with others expected to resume operations by 9 a.m. ET.
This story is developing…