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Faulty iPad app leads to dozens of planes being grounded

NewsBy Sean Nolan
American Airlines flights grounded by glitch last night
American Airlines flights grounded by glitch last night

American Airlines were forced to ground dozens of flights last night after an iPad app used by pilots to navigate stopped working.

A glitch in the app, called FliteDeck, caused major headaches for airline passengers last night.

"Some American Airlines flights experienced an issue with a software application on pilot iPads yesterday evening," a company spokesperson told the BBC.

"In some cases, the flight had to return to the gate to access a wi-fi connection to fix the issue.

"We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers and we had them on the way to their destinations soon afterwards."

American Airlines are just one of many airlines that have, or that are in the process of, moving away from bulky paper maps to navigate. By removing the weight of this paperwork from the cockpit, American Airlines belived they could save themselves $1.2million in fuel costs.

The iPad app also allows for pilots to get real time updates on the flight.

The company is still investigating the cause of the problem.