The RavnAir airline was forced to cancel at least a half-dozen flights in Alaska on Saturday following a cyber attack, around 260 passengers were not able to fly. According to the company, the attack hit its maintenance system and its back-up, for this reason the airline was forced to interrupt its operations.
“The cancellations affected around 260 passengers, according to company spokeswoman Debbie Reinwand.” reads a post published by the APnews.
“The regional carrier canceled all flights involving its Dash 8 aircraft until noon “because the cyber attack forced us to disconnect our Dash 8 maintenance system and its back-up,” the company said in a written statement.”
RavnAir is a regional carrier that serves more than 100 communities in Alaska, in some cases, the served areas are not accessible by road, a circumstance that makes this incident more severe.
The airline reported the incident to the FBI and other authorities that are currently investigating the cyber attack, it also hired and a cyber security firm to restore systems.
The flight schedule returned normal in the afternoon of the same day.
“We will be trying to add flights where we can over the next two days,” the company said in a statement released at 1 p.m. “We have, where possible, re-booked passengers on other flights.”
According to the company spokesman, PenAir flights and RavnAir Connect flights were still operating normally on back-up systems.