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U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights out of LAX

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 5 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Reuters reports that last week's computer glitch at a California air traffic control center that led officials to halt takeoffs at Los Angeles International Airport was caused by a U-2 spy plane still in use by the US military, passing through air space monitored by the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center that appears to have overloaded ERAM, a computer system at the center. According to NBC News, computers at the center began operations to prevent the U-2 from colliding with other aircraft, even though the U-2 was flying at an altitude of 60,000 feet and other airplanes passing through the region's air space were miles below. FAA technical specialists resolved the specific issue that triggered the problem on Wednesday, and the FAA has put in place mitigation measures as engineers complete development of software changes,” said the agency in a statement. “The FAA will fully analyze the event to resolve any underlying issues that contributed to the incident and prevent a reoccurrence.” The U.S. Air Force is still flying U-2s, but plans to retire them within the next few years. The U-2 was slated for retirement in 2006 in favor of the unmanned Global Hawk Block 30 system, before the Air Force pulled an about-face two years ago and declared the Global Hawk too expensive and insufficient for the needs of combatant commanders."

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Flunks the smell test (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 5 months ago | (#46910899)

Sure, maybe an ATC server crashed when a U-2 came into the system, but the U-2 didn't cause it...ATC has been coping with U-2's for six decades, coped with Blackbirds from the Sixties to the 90's, and even handled Shuttles descending into their airspace. The callsign for Blackbird flights, for example, was "Habu" followed by a number.

Smells like blame-shifting to me.

Dammit Bono (1)

sjames (1099) | about 5 months ago | (#46911651)

We TOLD him not to play with the buttons.

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