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Faa Flight Delays

November 19, 2009 by USA Post 

A nationwide FAA computer system malfunction is causing flight delays at O’Hare and Midway Airports Thursday.

The program designed to automatically enter flight plans stopped working properly around 5:15 Thursday morning, forcing flight controllers to enter the information manually and leading to system-wide delays.

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The flight plan includes the destinations, routes, weight and baggage information regarding the planes that take off and land from airports in the nation. The air traffic control systems have not been affected.

There were delays of about 30 minutes at Midway and 15 minutes at O’Hare as of 8:15 a.m., a spokeswoman for the city’s Aviation Department told the Chicago Tribune. The Daily Herald is reporting 45 minute delays at Midway.

An FAA spokeswoman told CBS that she didn’t know how many flights are being affected or when the problem will be resolved.

The city is expecting the delays to ripple throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

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