Technical issues halt SoCal airport departures

SAN DIEGO - A Federal Aviation Administration computer problem brought takeoffs to a halt at Southern California airports -- including Lindbergh Field -- and kept departing planes on the ground across the country for about 90 minutes Wednesday.

The FAA issued a "ground stop" that kept departing planes on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and LA/Ontario International Airport beginning shortly after 2 p.m.

Lindbergh Field officials also said the issue prompted them to put their departing flights on hold.

Lines of airplanes stacked up on taxiways at LAX while federal officials worked to correct the "technical issues" that occurred at the FAA's Los Angeles Control Center. Meanwhile, flights bound for Southern California from airports across the country were also ordered to remain on the ground, according to the FAA.

Airplanes that were already in the air were permitted to land. Some passengers who had already boarded planes at LAX were allowed to return to the terminal while the delays continued.

The ground stop was lifted shortly before 3:30 p.m., and flights were slowly resuming takeoffs.

Airport officials advised passengers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport. Some delays of more than two hours were being reported at LAX.

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