Computer Problems Halt Outgoing Flights at SoCal Airports

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    NBC 7 Candice Nguyen
    An image of the delays at Lindbergh Field captured at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

    Computer problems forced outgoing flights at Los Angeles-area airports to be halted on Wednesday and may impact arrivals and departures in San Diego, officials said.

    A ground stop was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration as they dealt with "unspecified computer issues" at LAX, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and John Wayve Airport in Long Beach.

    It was not clear how long flights would be grounded, and more airports may be affected.

    Officials at San Diego International Airport posted a warning to travelers via its Twitter account at 3:08 p.m.

    "FAA computer glitch may impact #SDIA operations. If you're flying this afternoon, pls check with your airline before coming to the airport," the post reads.

    Officials said over the intercom at San Diego International Airport that it was an FAA issue and one of their towers experienced an outage.

    A spokesperson for the FAA's Pacific Division issued the following statement:

    "The FAA's Los Angeles Center air traffic control facility experienced technical issues and stopped accepting additional flights into the airspace managed by the facility for about an hour. Some flights were diverted and the agency issued a nationwide groundstop for flights heading into the airspace managed by the center. The agency is gradually restoring the system."

    The facility's location in Palmdale covers the airspace and passenger planes along the West Coast including San Diego arrivals and departures. 

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