Fire and heavy storms delay flights in US

Fire hits Federal Aviation Administration air traffic facility

Heavy storms in the eastern United States resulted in long flight delays across the region on Friday – a situation then made worse by a fire at a major Federal Aviation Administration air traffic facility in New Jersey. The fire damaged the electronics that help coordinate flights in and out of airports.
The fire at the FAA’s facility in Atlantic City knocked out servers and left some automated systems used to communicate the status of airport ground operations temporarily unavailable, the news agency Reuters reports. With digital information unavailable, airlines could not plan and track their flights as quickly as they would normally. This double blow to air traffic came at the start of a busy summer travel weekend in and out of New York, the world’s busiest air space.
[pictured: Terminals 6 and 7 at JFK International, New York]