Mon, May 03, 2004
Atlanta-Bound Delta Flights Delayed Up To Six Hours
We here at Aero-News Net
are firm believers in the theory of "percussive maintenance."
In other words, we believe that any computer glitch can be
resolved with the use of a ball-peen hammer.
Maybe that's what Delta Airlines needed over the weekend, as a
computer problem caused flights to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson
International to be delayed by more than six hours.
As to what caused the computer problems, Delta won't yet say.
"We are still investigating that and we don't have information yet
as to the exact nature of the problem," said Delta spokeswoman Liza
Delta told the FAA it had problems with the computers that
handle dispatching. Those computers handle weight and balance
calculations, fuel load calculations and gate information.
It all started around 2:50 pm EDT Saturday, when the problems
were uncovered at Delta's Atlanta headquarters. Flights in the air
were allowed to continue to Hartsfield-Jackson, but those on the
ground stayed on the ground for up to six-and-a-half hours.
Although the computer problems were apparently resolved at about
9:30 pm EDT, what Delta called "residual" delays were off the
ground by 10:00 am EDT Sunday.
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