United Airlines suspended yesterday for about an hour all takeoffs in the United States because of a “widespread technological problem“.
In total, 211 flights of the American airline were grounded for an hour in the United States. “ Software update caused widespread slowdown in United’s technology systems earlier today », Explained the firm in the afternoon. “ We briefly kept the planes on the ground and operations returned to normal around 12:45 GMT. » (2:45 p.m. in Paris), she clarified. The incident was not caused by a cybersecurity problem (hacking).
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration, the American air regulator) announced that United Airlines had itself requested this suspension of takeoffs. In an information notice published at 4:33 p.m. GMT (6:33 p.m. in Paris) on its site, the FAA added that this request was valid until 6 p.m. and that it was due to “ equipment failure “.