If you’re flying today, be sure to check with the airline before leaving for the airport. An equipment outage that affected flights nationwide this morning has been fixed, the Federal Aviation Administration reports. The equipment is back in service, but some flights may still be delayed throughout the day.
At the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, there are some minor delays from the outage, said airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise. The AirTran Airways flight scheduled to arrive at 12:24 p.m. and depart for Atlanta at 12:54 has been canceled. It’s the only flight to be canceled in Wichita because of the glitch, Wise said.
Still, Wise said, passengers should call the airlines for updated flight information. The flight schedule may be OK here, but it may affect a connecting flight in another city.
“What you’re going to see now, the airlines unfortunately are going to have to try to get everything back in sync,” said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory. “They have to try to get back to their schedules, and at the same time, they’re going to have to try to reposition the planes.”
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In addition, some flight crews may be “timing out,” Cory said.
The problem began when one of two FAA centers that handles flight plan information had a problem with the system that files those plans. The other center picked up as much of the information as possible, but some of the overflow had to be entered manually, Cory said.
Flight plans are filed before a flight departs. They include information about the flight, such as the planned destination, route and fuel on board.
Flights in the air were safe, the FAA said. “We could always see planes on radar and talk to them,” Cory said.