Bay Area flights delayed due to computer glitch

Some flights departing from and for the Bay Area were halted for about 20 minutes this morning after the primary computer for air traffic control at the Federal Aviation Administration's Oakland center shut down unexpectedly, an FAA spokesman said.

The computer system went down at about 8:50 a.m. and paused all flights departing for the Bay Area from airports within an hour flight distance of the region, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

All flights departing from Bay Area airports scheduled to fly to other Bay Area airports and to Reno airports were stopped as well, according to Gregor.

Technicians set up an automatic back-up system to transfer flight data, Gregor said. However, officials restored the primary service by 9:10 a.m., before the back-up system needed to be used, according to Gregor.

Any flight delays experienced today as a result of this incident will be “minimal,” Gregor said. “Because the problem was so short lived, the likelihood is that very few flights were affected.”

The FAA Oakland center handles air traffic for Northern California, part of Oregon and part of Nevada, according to Gregor.

— Bay City News

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