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The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday that a preliminary review of the computer issue that caused a nationwide ground stop earlier this month was due to “deleted files.”

The FAA said the issue occurred while personnel was working to “correct synchronization between the live primary database and a backup database” and during that time the personnel had unintentionally deleted critical files.

FAA Acting Administrator Bill Nolen plans to hold a virtual meeting later this morning for lawmakers and staff who have been seeking answers and further details of what went wrong with the pilot messaging database. The issue led to the first nationwide grounding of departing flights since September 11, 2001.

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Bobby Laurie
His background in the travel industry dates back to November 2005 when he was initially hired as a flight attendant. After initially flying for six months for US Airways (now American Airlines) Laurie had started his move up the corporate ladder and held various positions within the industry before ultimately landing as an Analyst specializing in InFlight Policies & Procedures. Read More


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