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American Airlines Flights Grind To A Halt Over Computer Glitch

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MIAMI – The Federal Aviation Administration said today American Airlines flights were grounded at three of its busiest hubs because of technical problems. The problem affected Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, as well as Dallas-Fort Worth International and Miami International.

“We’re working to resolve technical issues impacting several airports as quickly as possible,” an American spokesman said. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The airline took to Twitter to respond to customer complaints and questions about flight cancellations. The tweets offered apologies and said the company is working to resolve the technical problems.

The FAA database said only that the cause of the ground stop was “airline issues.” The database indicated the stoppage would last until at least 2:30 p.m. AST.

The airline told NBC affiliate WMAX that it was working on resolving the issue but that it was it did not know how long it would take to resolve it.
The airline had a similar computer issue that forced hundreds of stops last July.

American’s stock was sharply higher in afternoon trading.

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