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Air Missions system failure in US affects 15 Cancun flights

Cancun, Q.R. — More than a dozen flights were affected by the US FAA system failure Wednesday. According to airport managing company Aeropuertos del Sureste (Asur), at the Cancun International Airport, 10 flights were grounded and five were awaiting takeoff in the United States.

Early Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted “the FAA is still working to fully restore the Notice to Air Missions system following an outage. The FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.”

Later, the agency added that “the President has been briefed by the Secretary of Transportation this morning on the FAA system outage. There is no evidence of a cyberattack at this point, but the President directed DOT to conduct a full investigation into the causes. The FAA will provide regular updates.”

Due to the glitch, more than 1,200 flights were delayed within or from the United States according to the FlightAware, while another 100 were canceled.

“Normal air traffic operations are gradually resuming in the US following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety information to flight crews . The ground cap has been lifted,” the FAA published around 8:50 a.m. on Twitter.