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Aug 15, 2015 3:03 PM

Flights on east coast, including Manchester, affected by FAA problem Saturday


MANCHESTER - Multiple air flights along the eastern seaboard, including at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, have been delayed or cancelled Saturday after the Federal Aviation Administration reported an automation problem at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va.

Tom Malafronte, assistant director at the Manchester airport, said two flights had been cancelled by mid-afternoon and others were delayed. The airport continues to get updates from the FAA, he said. Anyone planning to fly into or over the Washington D.C. area should check flight times.

The Virginia FAA center handles high-altitude air traffic for a region that includes Baltimore-Washington International, Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.

The FAA said it is directing high-altitude flights around the affected airspace. The problem is not believed to be caused by any accident or hacking.

Information posted online by the FAA indicated there was a problem with the En Route Automation Modernization computer system, also known as ERAM, at the Leesburg center.

The FAA finished installing the troubled computer system in the last of 20 high-altitude traffic control centers earlier this year. The completion was years behind schedule.


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