A computer glitch forced American Airlines to ground its flights across three airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had also said that the airline had requested that all its traffic be stopped at Chicago O’Hare, Miami and Dallas-Forth Worth airports as they were experiencing a computer issue.
According to Reuters, American Airlines had said that it began experiencing technical issues around noon ET (1600 GMT). This forced them to stop takeoffs of some American Airlines and American Eagle Flights from 12:30 p.m. ET to 2:15 p.m. ET. Moreover, CBS 12 News reports that the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center had earlier reported delays for flights going to Dallas, Miami and Chicago from Fort Lauderdale and Miami with taxi delays and gates holds that lasted around 15 minutes.
However, the alert soon turned serious and flights were grounded. According to flight tracking website FligthAware.com, as much as 525 flights on American Airlines were delayed Thursday due to the technical glitch. In addition, five flights were canceled.
Meanwhile, American Airlines has also announced that they have already fixed its computer glitch will begin resuming flights. The airline took to Twitter and announced, “We’ve resolved connectivity issues that caused challenges at DFW, ORD and MIA. We’re sorry and will have you on your way soon.” In addition, American Airlines has also told Reuters that service on US Airways and its international flights were not affected.
At Chicago O’Hare, a report from WMAQ to CNBC revealed that computers actually started to come back online around mid afternoon. Furthermore, only ten departures were reportedly delayed in the said airport.