US flights grounded due to major system outage: What we know so far

NEW DELHI: The White House has ruled out a cyber attack after a major system failure led to the grounding of thousands of domestic flights across the US early Wednesday.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scrambled to fix the outage in a key pilot notification system called NOTAM, with passengers being told to check with airlines for updates.
Here’s what we know so far:
* The FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until at least 1430 GMT (7.30pm IST), according to CBS News.
* A total of 2,512 flights were delayed within, into or out of the United States as of 1254 GMT, flight tracking website FlightAware showed, without citing reasons.
* President Biden says that airplanes can land safely, adding that the cause of the outage is not yet known.
* Another 193 within, into or out of the country were cancelled.
* A total of 21,464 flights are scheduled to depart airports in the United States on Wednesday with a carrying capacity of nearly 2.9 million passengers, data from Cirium shows.
* American Airlines has the most departures from US airports with 4,819 flights scheduled, followed by Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, the Cerium data showed.
France: The operator of Paris’ international airports – Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly – said it expects delays to flights.
Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways, owned by IAG, continue to operate flights to and from the United States as normal for now.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said there is no impact of the outage on flights from India to the US.
(With inputs from agencies)

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