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Computer glitch at air traffic control centre disrupts flights at Los Angeles airport

Published on May 1, 2014 9:10 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A computer glitch at a California air traffic control centre disrupted flights in the United States for about an hour on Wednesday, the authorities said.

Shortly after 9pm GMT, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the halting of departures from and to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and all other airports in southern California.

"The FAA's Los Angeles Centre air traffic control facility experienced technical issues and stopped accepting additional flights into the airspace managed by the facility for about an hour," the FAA said in a statement. "Some flights were diverted and the agency issued a nationwide groundstop for flights heading into the airspace managed by the centre."

The groundstop was lifted shortly before 10.30pm GMT but significant delays were expected to last for some time, especially in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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