Technical fault disrupts flights in US

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Passengers were left stranded as air traffic in the United States suffered flight delays and many cancellations after a major technical malfunction on Wednesday.

Information from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, and a flight tracking system reported that operations across the National Airspace System are affected.

The FAA on its website, flightaware.com added that the system that provided pilots and ground staff with information about flight disruptions has failed.

It however added that the system was being reloaded.

“While some functions are beginning to come back online, National Airspace System operations remain limited,’’ it said.

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The agency said more than 1,250 flights within, to or from the U.S. were delayed and over 100 were cancelled due to the technical hitch as at Wednesday morning.

It was not clear to what extent the computer failure was the reason for the disruptions.