Oops: FAA Says ‘Unintentionally Deleted Files’ Drove Jan 11 Flight Chaos

A red faced U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) admitted Thursday its staff “unintentionally deleted files” in a key computer system causing the January 11 commercial airline ground stop, which affected more than 11,000 flights and caused mayhem for travelers.
Reuters reports the FAA said the human error occurred while personnel were working “to correct synchronisation between the live primary database and a backup database”, and it had “so far found no evidence of a cyber attack or malicious intent.”
The system outage occurred on January 10, but the ground stop was not issued until the following morning by which time countless flights …
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