Air Traffic Radar System in Palmdale California Crashes
A computer glitch, that was discovered more than a year earlier, caused the backup system to fail on the FAA computer. This caused a 3 hour shutdown of radar systems at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale California.
The agency’s radio system in Palmdale shut itself down on the afternoon of Tuesday September 16, 2004 because a technician failed to reset and internal clock - a routine maintenance procedure required every 30 days by the FAA. Then a backup system failed, also as a result of technician error, officials said. (#1)
The radio failure rippled throughout the nation’s airports, grounding hundreds of commercial flights and forcing conntrollers working from other centers to divert hundreds more to locations outside Southern California.
There was a loss of radar system for 178,000 square miles, thoughout California, to Arizona and Nevada. (#1)
|Action Description:||The computer glitch that snarled air traffic was first discovered more than a year earlier in Atlanta after the FAA upgraded its computers. However, the problem so far has been corrected only in Seattle, one of 21 FAA regional air-traffic control centers that have used the system since the mid-1990s. (#1)|