In 2017, Adobe announced that it would deactivate Flash in late 2020. Earlier this month, on January 12, Adobe worked on its plans, deactivating Flash installations worldwide. One result, according to Apple Daily, was chaos in a Chinese railroad in Liaoning province.
Officials at China Railway Shenyang use flash-based software to plan each day’s rail operations. As a result of the outage, Apple Daily says, “employees were allegedly unable to view train operation diagrams, create train indexing schedules, and arrange shunting plans.”
As a result, the railroad was unable to send its trains, “according to Apple Daily, completely shutting down its railroads in Dalian, Liaoning Province.”
After a day of chaos, Railroad found a solution: it obtained a pirated version of Flash without self-deactivating code. On the morning of 13 January the rail installed it early, which resumed operations.
Authorities gave a thrilling blow-by-blow of the incident in a post on the Chinese social media account QQ.
“After more than 20 hours of fighting, no one complained, and no one gave up,” he wrote (according to Google Translate). “Even if there is little hope, there is motivation to move forward.”
The Post joked some on the Chinese Internet, with observers stating that railway officials had feared the problem and had developed a non-flash dispatching system months earlier. The post was moved down, but a copy is still available at archive.org.