• As FAA scrambled to fix the cause of the problem, over 4,300 flights were delayed and 700 canceled

WASHINGTON: Airlines in the United States resumed departures and a ground stop was lifted on Wednesday after a system outage the previous night had forced a halt to all departing flights.

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scrambled to fix the cause of the problem, over 4,300 flights were delayed and 700 canceled.

The FAA had ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures after its pilot alerting system crashed and the agency had to perform a hard reset two hours after midnight, officials said.

They said the cause for the massive disruption was unclear, adding they had found no evidence of a cyber attack.

“Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the US following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety info to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted. We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem,” the FAA said in a tweet.

A NOTAM is a notice containing information essential to personnel concerned with flight operations, but not known far enough in advance to be publicised by other means.

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