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Automation Problem Resolved, But Flights Cancelled, Delayed

The Federal Aviation Administration said the technical issue at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center has been resolved. However, some airlines were already forced to cancel and reschedule flights to and from the region.

An earlier statement from an FAA representative said they were dealing an automation system problem at their facility in Leesburg, Virginia. Shortly after 4 p.m., the agency said the system was back in service, but they continue to investigate why the system failed.

The FAA website reported flights to and from Baltimore-Washington International, Newark International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, New York John F. Kennedy International, New York LaGuardia International and Tampa International experienced delays because of the problem. 

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Washington National, Washington Dulles International, Philadelphia International, Miami International, and the Teterboro airports have also seen delays due to the issue. Some airports around the country are cancelling flights and rescheduling passengers in an attempt to get them to their final destination.

Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center covers airports in the Washington-Baltimore area, New York and Philadelphia.

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