US resumes flight operations after system crash

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States has lifted a ground stop that had brought flights to a halt earlier Wednesday morning. Massive disruptions had occurred at airports across the United States due to a system outage. 

"Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the US following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews. "The ground stop has been lifted," the FAA announced on Twitter. 

The agency has not stated what caused the outage, but has stated that "we continue to look into the cause of the initial problem." 

Because of a system failure at the FAA, all flights in the United States were grounded. The impact on flights, according to a Notice to Airmen, will most likely be global. 

The FAA previously stated that there was no estimated time of restoration and that flights would not be able to resume until the issue was resolved. 

It then ordered all domestic flight departures to be halted until 9 a.m. ET. According to the organization, this is to "allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information" — no word yet on any similar blanket suspensions on international flights waiting to depart from abroad to the United States.

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