Flight control problem keeps US flights grounded

2015-08-15 19:32
American Airlines planes grounded at Miami International Airport (AFP).

American Airlines planes grounded at Miami International Airport (AFP).

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Washington - Flights are being delayed in the Washington and New York City regions due to technical issues at a Federal Aviation Administration centre in Virginia.

FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen says the agency is investigating an automation problem at an air traffic centre in Leesburg, Virginia. Bergen says some flights into and out of New York- and Washington-area airports may be delayed.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport said flight arrivals and departures are limited there, as at Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.

The FAA says it is directing high-altitude flights around the affected airspace. The problem is not believed to be caused by any accident or hacking.

American Airlines said in a tweet that air traffic control issues are impacting all East Coast flights. The airline is urging passengers to plan accordingly.

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