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Glitch At Dayton-Based Airline Causes Massive Flight Cancellations

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American Airlines says it has quote "stabilized" a computer system that failed at its Dayton-based affiliate carrier, causing the cancellation of 2,500 flights over the past week.

 The failure occurred in computers used to schedule crews for Dayton’s PSA Airlines, which is owned by American and operates many American Eagle regional flights.

A spokesperson said PSA stabilized the computer systems Tuesday morning, but that there would be some additional cancellations Wednesday as the airline repositioned planes and crews.

Regional carriers use smaller planes, and they often fly passengers between hub airports and smaller cities.

The duration of the PSA outage — about six days — and the number of canceled flights exceeded many recent technical outages at much bigger airlines.

In 2016, Delta Air Lines canceled 2,300 flights and Southwest Airlines dropped more than 2,000 after separate computer outages.

 

PSA Airlines is an underwriter of WYSO.