All flights across the United States of America have been grounded due to a system failure at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday.
Gatekeepers News reported that this has reportedly left passengers stranded at various airports across the globe, as planned departures were suddenly cancelled.
The FAA, which is in charge of regulating all aspects and protocols related to aviation for all flights entering and leaving the US, confirmed the glitch in its notice-to-air missions (NOTAM) system in a statement.
It stated that they are performing final validation checks and reloading the system.
The statement read, “The FAA is working to restore its notice to air missions system. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now.
“Operations across the national airspace system are affected.”
According to FAA, a NOTAM is a notice containing information essential to personnel concerned with flight operations but not known far enough in advance to be publicised by other means.
It added that the NOTAMs indicate the real-time and abnormal status of the national airspace system (NAS) impacting every user, noting that it also concerns the establishment, condition, or change of any facility, service, procedure, or hazard in the NAS.
Following the system collapse, FAA ordered airlines to suspend operations until the issue is resolved.
It said in a tweet, “The FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.”
Checks on FlightAware, a flight tracking website, showed that 1,230 flights (out of 7,076) were delayed within, into, or out of the United States on Wednesday at 1:44 pm.
In addition, 111 flights within, into, or out of the United States were also cancelled.