Newark Liberty International Airport deals with aftermath of FAA computer outage

The FAA says the technical issues were caused by a damaged database file. The system went down after 8 p.m. Tuesday night and the backup did not work, according to the transportation agency.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2023, 10:52 AM

Updated 548 days ago

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Newark Liberty International Airport was still feeling the effects of Wednesday’s Federal Aviation Administration computer outage Thursday morning.
The FAA says the technical issues were caused by a damaged database file. The system went down after 8 p.m. the Tuesday night and the backup did not work, according to the transportation agency.
The Notice to Air Missions system, which alerts pilots to hazards at airports, was impacted by the technical issues. This led to thousands of delays and cancellations nationwide.
The FAA restarted the system Wednesday morning at 5 a.m., and it took until around 9 a.m. to get fully up and running.
The Biden administration says the issues do not appear to be the result of a cyberattack. However, a review to determine the cause of the outage, and how to prevent future problems is still ongoing.
Many travelers found out about the situation through social media.
“I didn't know. I was actually just on my TikTok trying to figure out what happened. I solo travel around the world, and it was going to be my first time. Now I don't know what's going to happen,” said traveler Dhana Small.
Most of the delays at Newark Liberty airport on Wednesday were at least 60 to 90 minutes. Others were over four hours. Those delays continued into Thursday morning.


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