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Southwest Grounds Departing Flights Over Computer Glitch

Los Angeles, Calif. (KTLA) – Southwest Airlines held all departing flights on Friday night because of an internal computer failure.

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Flights on Southwest Airlines returned to normal on Saturday, after an internal computer failure caused delays.

“On Friday, June 21, Southwest Airlines experienced a systemwide computer outage impacting a number of flights and Customers,” the company said on its website.

A total of 64 flights were canceled because of the outage, officials with Southwest said.

Other flights were delayed between 30 and 80 minutes.

At issue was an internal system used to dispatch flights.

As of Saturday morning, Southwest systems were back to “working at full capacity,” the airline said.

However, the company encouraged passengers to check their flight status before arriving at the airport.

To find out if your flight will be departing on time, click here.

southwest-lax-darkLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Southwest Airlines was holding all departing flights Friday night because of an internal computer failure.

“A system outage has caused us to hold departing flights. Flights in the air are not affected by this. All hands on deck to resolve,” airline officials said on Twitter.

At issue was an internal system used to dispatch flights, airline officials said.

The issue is mostly impacting West Coast flights, according to their Twitter account.

The system went down about 8 p.m. PST.

As of 9:45 p.m. Southwest was calling planes awaiting departure back to the gate to deplane passengers.

The airline gave no estimate on when the system would be fixed.

 

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