The Latest: FAA computer problem resolved, travel to resume

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Posted: Aug 15, 2015 9:55 PM
The Latest: FAA computer problem resolved, travel to resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest after a technical problem caused widespread flight delays at airports in spots along the East Coast. (All times are local):

9:45 p.m.

As of about 9:30 p.m. general arrival and departure delays were 15 minutes or less, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Delay Information site. The information on the site reports general airport conditions and is not flight-specific.

Flight delays and cancellations grounded hundreds of travelers Saturday in parts of the eastern U.S. after a technical failure at a flight control center in Virginia.

The Federal Aviation Administration said earlier it has resolved a computer problem that caused widespread flight delays.

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4:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has resolved a computer problem that caused widespread flight delays throughout much of the Northeastern U.S.

The FAA said Saturday that flights would return to normal after scores of airplanes were delayed in New York, Washington and North Carolina due to a malfunction at an air traffic control center in Virginia.

The agency says it is working closely with airlines to return to normal operations.

"The FAA is continuing its root cause analysis to determine what caused the problem and is working closely with the airlines to minimize impacts to travelers," the agency said in an emailed statement.

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4 p.m.

Flight delays and cancellations are persisting Saturday in parts of the eastern U.S. after a technical failure at a flight control center in Virginia.

One of the hardest hit airports is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

According to flight statistics from FlightRadar24, 62 percent of arrivals at the Baltimore-Washington airport have been canceled. About 20 percent of arrivals have been delayed. When it comes to departing Baltimore, about half the flights have been canceled, and more than a quarter of departing flights have been delayed.

Baltimore-Washington airport spokesman Jonathan Dean says widespread delays and flight cancellations continue. He says a small number of flights were able to operate Saturday afternoon.

At Washington's Reagan National Airport, half the flights have been delayed, and half were canceled.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is continuing to try to resolve a technical problem at an air traffic control center in Virginia.

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3:30 p.m.

Flight delays were still plaguing much of the northeastern U.S. on Saturday, but interruptions were minimal in Atlanta, home to one of the world's busiest airports — the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Spokesman Andrew Gobeil said Saturday is among the slowest travel days of the week there.

"Everything that has been scheduled has been minimally impacted," he said.

Scores of flights were delayed in New York and Washington, the Federal Aviation Administration said, the result of "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Virginia.

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3 p.m.

Travelers encountering flight delays after a technical problem grounded planes in New York City and Washington are taking it in stride.

Kate Smith, of Bethesda, Maryland, was sitting on a JetBlue plane at Boston's Logan International Airport on Saturday, trying to get home to her two cats after a vacation in Boston and Maine. Her flight was supposed to leave at 12:45 p.m., but the delays persisted by 2:30 p.m.

The pilot first announced the plane would be able to take off and fly at a lower altitude. But later, the pilot said there were too many flights at the lower altitudes and they would have to wait.

Smith said JetBlue was keeping passengers comfortable by providing snacks and drinks and allowing passengers off to make other travel arrangements.

The FAA said "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Virginia were to blame for the delay.