Normal air traffic operations are “resuming gradually” after a mass system failure grounded commercial U.S. flights Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in an update.

In a fifth update Wednesday morning, the FAA announced normal air traffic operations are “resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews.”

“The ground stop has been lifted. We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem,” it added:

Update 5: Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.

We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem

— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023

The update followed the news of the FAA working to restore the Notice to Air Missions System following what it described as an “outage.” As a result, the FAA initially ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET.

“All flights currently in the sky are safe to land,” the FAA wrote in an update Wednesday morning, noting that pilots check the NOTAM system prior to flight departure.

“A Notice to Air Missions alerts pilots about closed runways, equipment outages, and other potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the flight,” it added:

The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now.

Operations across the National Airspace System are affected.

We will provide frequent updates as we make progress.

— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023

Update 3: The FAA is still working to fully restore the Notice to Air Missions system following an outage.⁰⁰The FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.

— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023

Update 4: The FAA is making progress in restoring its Notice to Air Missions system following an overnight outage. Departures are resuming at @EWRairport and @ATLairport due to air traffic congestion in those areas. We expect departures to resume at other airports at 9 a.m. ET.

— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023

According to White House chief of staff Ron Klain, President Biden “directed DOT/FAA to restore the system quickly and safely, and to determine causes.” As of the writing of this post, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had not yet provided an update on social media on the outage.

The outage, causing the FAA to ground flights, follows the holiday chaos that consumed U.S. airports and airlines — particularly Southwest Airlines — after days of cancellations, leaving thousands of travelers stranded.

Commercial airline flights in the U.S. were grounded Wednesday morning due to a mass system failure. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it experienced a computer outage and was working to fix the problem. https://t.co/ttGygdnC0I

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 11, 2023

Buttigieg has deflected blame, however, stating during a recent appearance on Special Report that does not run Southwest’s system. However, he stated that the Department of Transportation “is using the full force of this department to make sure customers get taken care of.”

According to data from FlightAware, there were 6,139 U.S.-related delays and 984 U.S.-related cancellations as of 10:45 a.m. ET.

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