FAA computer issues impact flights in and out of Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The FAA is experiencing a nationwide computer outage Wednesday morning. As a result, it has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.
As of 8:30 am, 3,704 flights within, into, or out of the United States have been delayed according to FlightAware. President Biden gave remarks Wednesday morning on the outage, saying the outage was currently unknown. The President says he directed the FAA to deliver updates directly to him.
Delays have been felt at Augusta Regional Airport on both flights into and out of Augusta. Click here for the latest delays/cancellations out of AGS.
As of 8:30 am a 6:51 a.m. flight bound for Charlotte on American Airlines was delayed. Airport officials tell FOX54 that was a direct result of the computer issues. A Washington D.C. bound flight departing at 6:35 p.m. on American Airlines has also been delayed.
Flights bound for Augusta have also been impacted. According to AGS's website, a Delta Airlines flight scheduled to depart Atlanta at 9:16 a.m. has been delayed. A 6:02 p.m. flight departing Washington, D.C. has been delayed as well. From Charlotte, a 2:12 p.m. flight bound for Augusta has been canceled altogether.
According to the Associated Press, most of the flight delays were concentrated along the East Coast. The FAA says the delays stem from a failure on its Notice to Air Missions System.
NOTAMs used to be available through a hotline but that was phased out with the internet. The alerts span from mundane information about construction at airports to urgent flight restrictions or broken equipment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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