FAA Says Communication Breakdown Delaying Flights

ATLANTA (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says a communication failure at a Georgia facility that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. is causing flight delays around the country.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says there are no safety issues and officials are still able to speak to pilots on planes on the ground and in the air.

She says she doesn't know how many flights are being affected.

Bergen says the problem that occurred Tuesday involves an FAA facility in Hampton, Ga., south of Atlanta, that processes flight plans.

She says there has been a failure in a communication link that transmits the data to a similar facility in Salt Lake City.

As a result, the Salt Lake City facility has to process those flight plans, causing delays.

WSFA 12 News spoke with officials at the Montgomery Regional Airport Tuesday who say the airport is taking a wait and see approach on the situation and that the longer the situation continues the more like the airport could see an impact.

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