Flights to Southwestern U.S. Halted Due to FAA Computer

An air-traffic computer failure in Los Angeles halted or delayed flights at four major western U.S. airports.

The Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center was forced to stop accepting flights for about an hour, according to an e-mail statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. The facility oversees high-altitude aircraft in Southern California and parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

“Some flights were diverted and the agency issued a nationwide groundstop for flights heading into the airspace managed by the center,” the FAA said in the statement. “The agency is gradually restoring the system.”

Flights at Los Angeles International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Las Vegas McCarran International and Salt Lake City International all had departure delays of at least an hour, according to the FAA’s air-traffic delay website. As backups grew in those western states, a storm on the U.S. East Coast caused even greater delays in the New York and Washington regions, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

There have been a total of 3,829 flight delays into or out of the U.S. as of 6:22 p.m. New York time, according to FlightAware.com.

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