Computer Problems Halt Takeoffs at Southern California Airports

LAX, Bob Hope, John Wayne Continue to Accept Arrivals

By Paul Riegler on 30 April 2014
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An American Airlines 757 landing at LAX

An American Airlines 757 landing at LAX

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop order Wednesday afternoon that impacted three airports in the Los Angeles area.  The order went into effect at 2:00 p.m. local time and was lifted at 4:30 p.m.

Authorities said that “unspecified computer issues” caused outbound flights to be halted.  Incoming flights were not affected.

“Arrivals continue to be accepted but departures are being held on ground. No ETA on when it will be lifted,” according to an early post by Los Angeles International Airport on Twitter.

At 4:30 p.m., LAX posted a tweet saying that the “Ground stop at LAX has been lifted. All departing flights are expected to be delayed one hour. Please check with airlines for flight status.”

The problem impacted LAX, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and John Wayne Airport in Long Beach.

LAX officials sent out a tweet asking passengers to “please check with your airlines for flight status.”

Los Angeles International Airport is the nation’s third busiest airport.

UPDATE 1 – April 30, 2014 AT 4:30 P.M. PDT

The article has been updated to reflect the reopening of Southern California airports for takeoffs.

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