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United Airlines flights in US briefly grounded by ‘software update’

United Airlines flights in US briefly grounded by 'software update'
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a United Airlines airplane takes off over a plane on the runway at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. United Airlines says it's investing in a startup that hopes to build small electric-powered planes that might be flying in a few years. United made the announcement Tuesday, July 13, 2021, but didn't say how much it's investing in Sweden-based Heart Aerospace. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

United Airlines has resumed flights after briefly grounding all planes in the US on Tuesday because of a computer glitch.

The carrier said “a software update caused a widespread slowdown in United’s technology systems”.

Flights already in the air continued to their destination as planned, the airline said.

United said it “identified a fix” to allow its planes to start taking off about an hour later.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed United had asked the agency to pause all its departures nationwide.

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The ground stop was lifted shortly before 14:00 EST (19:00 BST).

Some 211 flights nationwide were delayed by the stoppage.

In January, an FAA computer outage halted departures of all US flights for several hours.

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