Fault airport Paris came through software on Windows 3.1 PCs




Orly airport near Paris suffered last weekend with a fault causing planes had to be grounded. According to the French magazine Le Canard Enchaîné prevented by an error in the so-called Decor software that would run on Windows 3.1.

Plane That suggests the French newspaper Le Monde, based on an article in the French satirical magazine. The magazine writes reportedly occasionally serious articles, including those about the recent failure at the Orly airport. According to the French people had to make the failure of last Saturday with a software system called Decor and runs on the 23-year-old Windows 3.1.

An insider explained in an interview with Le Canard Enchaîné that the software tools that are used all between ten and twenty years old at the airport. This ensures, among other problems in the areas of maintenance: in case of Decor is there a shortage of people who have sufficient knowledge of the system. The old hardware is causing problems. Because it is not readily available should repairers sometimes find old parts on Ebay.

Decor The software is used for communicating information about the weather. Air traffic controllers give the information to pilots taking off and landing, but during the morning of November 7, the system turned out to not function. Because there was also talk of missing aircraft were kept on the ground as a precaution. After the incident, the French government decided to modernize the software, all innovations are not expected before 2017.

Although renowned French media such as Le Monde, the story of the time satirsche writes brought the news, there is no confirmation that it’s hardware with Windows 3.1. The responsible ministry has several French media said Monday to come up with an explanation. It is unknown whether it is the version of Windows 3.1 for consumers and Windows NT 3.1. It is not the first time that holds a computer malfunction aircraft on the ground. Last summer caused a disturbance sure United Airlines flights could not go on.


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