WASHINGTON (AP) - A pilot's group says it's happened before, but
it's usually been fixed more quickly.
The government system that issues preflight notices to pilots
about runway, equipment and security issues has been down for at
least 12 hours. The Federal Aviation Administration says it has
been down since late yesterday, but pilots are continuing to get
the information from local air traffic controllers and other
The FAA says passenger safety has not been compromised.
A spokesman for the Air Transport Association says the nation's
largest carriers are aware of the issue and that "operations are
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown acknowledges it was fortuitous the
system failed late at night, when there is much less air traffic to
manage. She says traffic is expected to be low this Memorial Day
weekend when many Americans opt to drive instead of fly.
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