LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flights to and from airports in the Los Angeles area were grounded for more than an hour Wednesday due to a computer failure at an air traffic control facility in the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The problems rippled nationwide. Dozens of planes heading into the region were diverted elsewhere, and flights scheduled to take off to the Los Angeles area were held on the ground across the country.
The "ground stop" affected airports including Los Angeles International, the nation's third busiest, where more than 200 departing flights were delayed and 23 were canceled, said Nancy Castles, an airport spokeswoman.
Inbound flights closing in on Los Angeles-area airports were allowed to land. But dozens of other planes that were farther away were diverted to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and elsewhere.
In all, 27 flights to Los Angeles International were canceled, 212 were delayed and 27 were diverted to other airports, Castles reported late Wednesday night. She said "tens of thousands" of passengers were affected.
Fifteen flights bound for Los Angeles landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and another five touched down at Salt Lake City International Airport, officials at those airports said.
Officials at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, near Los Angeles, said flights were held from 1:50 p.m. PDT until 3:20 p.m. PDT.
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