A single corrupted computer file in the Federal Aviation Administration’s system yesterday caused all U.S. flights to be grounded for the first time since September 11, 2001. The FAA ordered all planes to land and stay on the ground until 9 a.m. Eastern time. That led to the cancelation of 1,000 flights and delayed for 8,000 more through the day. The system is used to update flight service centers. Purely by coincidence, Canada’s system also went down yesterday but flights continued without delay. Flights are supposed be back to normal today.
Here how the story was covered across the country: