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FAA: U-2 spy plane overloaded computer, caused airline flight chaos
FAA: U-2 spy plane overloaded computer, caused airline flight chaos

Federal aviation officials have increased the amount of computer memory available at a Palmdale air traffic control center after it was unable to process the flight plan of a high-flying U-2 spy plane, prompting a temporary halt to airline flights coming into the region. The system failed after a Federal Aviation Administration computer at a Palmdale air traffic control center interpreted the flight of the Cold War-era plane as a low-altitude operation and began processing it for a course below 10,000 feet, including it in regular air traffic at that altitude. The U-2 spy plane usually operates at very high altitudes under visual flight rules. The large number of...

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