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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 2:22 pm | Updated: 9:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The FAA is experiencing a computer glitch that is causing nationwide flight delays.

The outage occurred in a facility in Atlanta and affects flight plans for a certain area of the United States, said FAA Western-Pacific spokesman Ian Gregor.

FAA says communication breakdown delaying flights

The problem requires that all flight plans, which include destination, type of aircraft, speed and other information, be entered into the system manually.

“The problem is not affecting safety. Air traffic controllers can see and communicate with all aircraft,” Gregor said.

Passengers or those waiting for inbound visitors, can check www.fly.faa.gov to see continuous updates on which airports are affected.

Mid-afternoon, flights scheduled to leave from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Atlanta were experiencing 36 minute departure delays, and flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York were delaying departures for more than an hour.

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