Air traffic was slowly returning to normal Saturday on the northeast coast of the United States, after several hours of computer failure of air traffic control that delayed hundreds of flights.
The Civil Aviation Authority (FAA) said on Twitter that “automatic processing system of the FAA had problems earlier in the day is back in service.”
The air traffic control center in Leesburg, Virginia was down for several hours. It is particularly responsible for a large part of the air traffic management on the north-east facade of the United States between New York and Washington north to south.
“The FAA continues to work on the determination of the causes that are causing the problem and is working closely with airlines to minimize the impact on travelers,” said the federal agency.
An official, who requested anonymity, told AFP that the failure was not due to an accident or an act of computer hacking.
The major airports in the region to Washington, Baltimore or New York posted sometimes delays of several hours, including major international hubs such as Dulles Airport (DCA) near the capital, near Baltimore BWI or JFK, the largest airport in New York.
The sites specialized in monitoring air traffic or as Flightradar24 Flightaware showed that the links previously diverted to avoid the airspace was no longer covered, had returned to normal.