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Electronic glitch snarls air traffic

August 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An electronic communication failure at a Federal Aviation Administration site that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. caused mass air-traffic delays around the country, especially in the Northeast.

But by early evening, the FAA said the situation was returning to normal, with delays remaining in Atlanta and Chicago.

The FAA said the glitch appeared to have involved a software problem in Hampton, Ga.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen in Atlanta said that there were no safety issues and that officials were still able to communicate with pilots.

She said she did not have a precise figure but hundreds of flights were affected.

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