McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport Deals with Flight Delays After FAA System Issue
JACKSON, Tenn. - Airports across the country have been affected by a system shut down, and the McKellar-Sipes regional airport is one of them.
Flights across the U.S. got back to normal this morning, several hours after the Federal Aviation Administration had a computer problem.
All departures were delayed until the issue involving pilot notification was resolved.
“For example, if you’re leaving Jackson and you’re flying to Savannah, Georgia, you don’t know what’s going on at the airport in Savannah, Georgia if you’re a pilot. If there’s construction, if there’s a runway closed, if there’s something… those Notice to Air Missions tell pilots coming into that airport what to expect.”
The FAA reports the delays affected thousands of flights including here in Jackson.
“I believe it was flight 940 this morning scheduled to leave at seven a.m., well the ground stop that was issued by the FAA did affect that. The airplane that was scheduled to leave at seven this morning was actually delayed until nine o’ clock.”
The McKellar-Sipes regional airport spent the morning working to get things back to normal.
“We were notified just before nine o’ clock this morning central time that the system was coming back on, and all flights were clear to depart, so we’re in that process now, slowly coming back.”
If you are taking a flight sometime this week, you’re advised to check with your airline to make sure your flight is on schedule.