Cody Flights in Flux After FAA Computer Outage Grounds Planes
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 11, 2023
Anyone flying out of Yellowstone Regional Airport is encouraged to proceed with “business as usual,” although there is no official word if flights will take off on schedule or be rescheduled.
The Federal Aviation Administration experienced a “computer outage” with its Notice to Air Missions System on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 11. Because of this, flights across the nation were grounded and delayed until systems were restored.
Aaron Buck, Executive Director of Yellowstone Regional Airport, says the first flight of the day – United Airlines 4362 – was delayed until systems were running and the F.A.A. gave clearance to the pilots to take off
“The pilot’s sitting in the cockpit. When he says go, they’re going to load the plane and go. They’re just waiting on official word from the F.A.A. when they can leave,” Buck says.
By 7:30 a.m. MST, F.A.A. systems were back up and running. United Flight 4352 was in the air by 8:05 a.m.
However, United Flight 4357 – from Denver to Cody – was still listed as “delayed” as of 8:15 a.m. It is scheduled to depart from Denver at 1:29 p.m.
Today’s afternoon flight out of Yellowstone Regional Airport – United 4234 – is scheduled to take off at 2:43 p.m. Despite the delays, Buck encourages anyone flying out of Cody to continue planning as normal.
“(Flight 4234) is still listed as ‘on time.’ That’ll probably change as we move throughout the day,” Buck says.