Domestic flights operated by United Airlines were temporarily grounded because of a computer glitch Wednesday morning.
Laurie Slothower, with the Sacramento International Airport, tells Capital Public Radio that three United flights to Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago were delayed 60 to 90 minutes.
United is processing passengers as quickly as possible and expects to get those three flights into the air by 7 a.m.
This is the second such setback for the carrier in less than six weeks.
Bloomberg News reports that "automation issues" triggered the glitch, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. United flights already airborne are continuing to operate, according to aircraft tracking website Flight-Radar-24.
A United spokesman says the airline experienced "network connectivity issues." United Airlines suffered a similar incident on June 2, when the world’s second-largest airline cited a lack of “proper dispatch information” that forced a halt in U.S. takeoffs for less than an hour.
Planes in the air weren’t affected in that episode either.
-Capital Public Radio Staff