Delta Air Lines passengers across the USA were left stranded on Tuesday evening, after a technical issue forced the carrier to ground all domestic flights.
Customers of the Atlanta-based US airline took to Twitter to report the major system outage, which left incoming planes sitting on taxiways waiting for gates to open, and outbound flights unable to depart.
Delta’s website also appeared to go down briefly, with passengers reporting that they could not log in to the system.
In its initial statement, Delta blamed the disruptions on a “technology issue” affecting some of its systems. In order to restore operations to normal as quickly as possible, the airline said it had to issue a ground stop.
While it is not clear what caused the problem in the first place, it is known that Delta’s computer tracking system had not been working.
Delta provides flights to over 300 destinations in some 60 countries. However, it was only domestic US flights that were grounded in all 48 contiguous states.
“International flights are still ongoing,” Delta said in a response to a customer amid the commotion.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Aviation News 2018.