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United Said to Struggle as Computer Switch Strands Pilots

A United Airlines computer system malfunction that stranded pilots and caused some flight cancellations shows the company is still struggling to integrate Continental Airlines more than three years after their merger.

The breakdown contributed to the scrapping of almost 1,500 flights as the airline also grappled with unseasonably cold weather, according to people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. United’s crew desk lost track of hundreds of pilots around the world since Dec. 30 as the system erroneously reported which pilots would control specific flights, the people said.