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By Jeff Schogol, Staff Writer
The Federal Aviation Administration is being tight-lipped about whether a U-2 spy plane caused the computers at Los Angeles International Airport’s control center to go haywire last week, causing flights to be delayed and canceled.
NBC News first reported that the U-2 was flying through airspace monitored by the control center about 2 p.m. Wednesday when things went awry. The plane was flying at 60,000 feet, but the control center’s computers tried to keep it from colliding with aircraft flying at much lower altitudes.
The computer system became overloaded and crashed, causing the FAA to stop accepting flights into Los Angeles’ airspace, NBC reported. In total, 50 flights were canceled, 428 were delayed and 27 flights had to divert elsewhere. There were delays out of other airports as well, NBC reported.