Spy-Plane triggers 60k-Feet-Bug, shuts down LAX

Am Mittwoch musste die Flugkontrolle am Flughafen LAX in Los Angeles für mindestens eine Stunde lang dichtmachen, weil die Rechner dort mit der Flughöhe einer ollen Spionagemaschine aus dem kalten Krieg nicht klarkamen. Wie der Y2k-Bug, nur mit Flugzeugen. Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX (via JWZ)

On Wednesday at about 2 p.m. […] a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. […] The U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but the computers were attempting to keep it from colliding with planes that were actually miles beneath it. Though the exact technical causes are not known, the spy plane’s altitude and route apparently overloaded a computer system called ERAM, which generates display data for air-traffic controllers. Back-up computer systems also failed.