"More than a couple dozen flights" were affected, said American Airlines in a statement, explaining that its planes "are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads."
"In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a WiFi connection to fix the issue."
@dfwairport I'm on an AA flight on the Tarmac b/c the pilot had an iPad crash. It's the entire American Air fleet. Is it other airlines too?— Toni Jacaruso (@HotelNinja) 29 апреля 2015
The airline also announced the time-saving benefits of the change, as electronic updates can be used to revise manuals in minutes, instead of hours spent on the revision of paper documents.
@AmericanAir 2276 off and running with a new iPad and paper copies of the nav charts. "Just like we've done it for 75yrs" the captain says.— GradyB (@GradyBishop) 29 апреля 2015
The source of the glitch is not known, nor whether the software in question belongs to Apple or to American Airlines. On Tuesday, the airline apologized for the inconvenience to customers, and said it was "working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible."