Airport checking on computer failure in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Airport checking on computer failure in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says technicians are trouble shooting a computer system at the Memphis airport following a brief breakdown in air-traffic control equipment.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says what she describes as a computer "glitch" caused no flight delays and presented no danger to the public.

The incident Monday affected computer screens that radar-system controllers use to monitor planes within 50 miles of the Memphis airport.

Bergen says a backup system kicked in when the main system failed, so controllers were never without their displays.

She says the primary system for radar display was down for a total of seven minutes while the backup equipment took over.

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