Handful of flights in Warsaw affected by brief nationwide grounding

(photo supplied / Warsaw Municipal Airport)
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — The communication problem that affected airports across the country on Wednesday morning led to a few adjustments at Warsaw Municipal Airport.

The shutdown forced Thousands of flights to be canceled or delayed for several hours across the country and officials with Federal Aviation Administration still don’t know what caused the problem.

The FAA said preliminary indications “traced the outage to a damaged database file,” according to a report from Associated Press.

The system broke down late Tuesday and was not fixed until mid-morning Wednesday. The FAA took the rare step of preventing any planes from taking off for a time.

The ripple effect at Warsaw airport was relatively minor.

Airport Manager Nick King said one plane’s arrival was delayed and a couple departures were delayed.

He downplayed the impact while also pointing out how rare the move was by the FAA.

The last time the federal government grounded all flights was on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This was unchartered territory for most of us,” he said.