The FAA cleared airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis and grounded all flights headed to or from the area on Sept. 25 after a telecommunications network failed at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Federal Aviation Administration officials told the Associated Press that it cleared the air space in a 250-mile radius while the equipment was being fixed and aircraft headed to the area was kept on the ground at their departure point. Adjacent control centers handled traffic already in the air, the AP reported.
Several news agencies reported the network was operating again by 3 p.m., but delays remained.
Shipping giant FedEx, temporarily diverted 11 flights bound for its 300-acre SuperHub, or main routing facility, at the Memphis International Airport, but expected no impact on operations, the company said. The majority of freight comes in after 10 p.m., said Ryan Feruby, a company spokesman.