Thursday 30 March 2017

United Airlines plane grounded this morning due to computer fault

United has struggled with occasional computer faults since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.
United has struggled with occasional computer faults since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

US carrier United Airlines saw its aircraft grounded this morning in America due to a computer fault.

A notice from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated that United’s aircraft already on the ground were prohibited from taking off from any US airport during a 75-minute window from 12pm GMT to 1.15pm GMT.

“We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning,” United said. “We are working to resolve this and apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.”

The grounding notice has just been lifted by the FAA, noting that the computer issue had been resolved.

The grounding had not affected the airline’s flights from Dublin. United services from Dublin to both Washington DC and Newark took off more or less as scheduled this afternoon.

A United Airlines flight from Shannon to Chicago also took off as normal this morning.

United – the world’s second largest airline - has struggled with occasional computer faults since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.

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