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The computers at the L.A. Center are programmed to keep commercial airliners and other aircraft from colliding with each other. The U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but the computers were attempting to keep it from colliding with planes that were actually miles beneath it. Though the exact technical causes are not known, the spy plane’s altitude and route apparently overloaded a computer system called ERAM, which generates display data for air-traffic controllers. Back-up computer systems also failed.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Patriotsrevenge
Yes, because 40 year old ATC computers won't have any problems with a U-2 flying overhead at 60,000 feet. It has to be the Russians, because there's no way that the US would allow their equipment to get so outdated that anything we have would cause a problem.
originally posted by: Phoenix
Hence my question, Why now?