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Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX | NBC News.com

A relic from the Cold War appears to have triggered a software glitch at a major air traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News.

 

[…] Though the exact technical causes are not known, the spy plane’s altitude and route apparently overloaded a computer system called ERAM, which generates display data for air-traffic controllers. Back-up computer systems also failed.

ER2 AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT

A NASA ER-2 high altitude research aircraft is shown in flight on Nov. 4, 1997.

As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had to stop accepting flights into airspace managed by the L.A. Center, issuing a nationwide ground stop that lasted for about an hour and affected thousands of passengers.

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