NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Officials reported big delays Saturday at New York and Washington airports because of an air traffic control issue.
The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the problem on "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va., but said Saturday afternoon it had resolved the issue and was working closely with airlines to return to normal operations.
"The FAA is continuing its root cause analysis to determine what caused the problem and is working closely with the airlines to minimize impacts to travelers," the agency said in an emailed statement.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported Saturday morning the computer outage was limiting flight arrivals and departures there as well as Washington's Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.
The problem also affected flights leaving New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, according to FlightAware’s online tracker.
Delays out of Newark International Airport reached 30 minutes around 1:30 p.m. and decreasing at that particular time, the station said, according to FlightAware.
Government sources said the problem was not caused by computer hackers.