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Database failure strands 30,000 airline passengers

December 28, 2004

In this story we see that a Comair database crashed cause flight cancellations:,2933,142549,00.html

Nick Miller, a spokesman for the


(search) subsidiary based at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Regional Airport, said the cancellations affected 30,000 travelers in 118 cities.

The articles notes that the database was “overwhelmed”:

"There was a cumulative effect with the canceled flights and trying to get crew assigned that caused the system to be overwhelmed," he said. "It just stopped operating."

So, what type of database was it?  A quick peek at the Comair job postings gives us a clue:;_ylt=AhmWlqnc2SZJ_aq8PL_ykdqxQ6IX

·  Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following: C, C++, Java, Cobol, Unix, Windows operating system.

·  Intermediate knowledge of Oracle, SQL and/or Sybase required

 To read more gossip on this outstanding database failure, see here:


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