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FAA issues groundstop for all Alaska Airlines flights

FAA issues groundstop for all Alaska Airlines flights

By Rob Wile and Jay Blackman

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted a ground stop for all Alaska Airlines flights Wednesday after grounding the planes earlier as a result of a computer problem at the carrier.

The Seattle-based airline said in a statement that an issue arose “while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.”

The FAA initially approved a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights starting at approximately 10:50 a.m. ET.

It was lifted just before 11:45 a.m. ET.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many flights were affected. An Alaska spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rob Wile

Rob Wile is a breaking business news reporter for NBC News Digital.

Jay Blackman

Jay Blackman is an NBC News producer covering such areas as transportation, space, medical and consumer issues.

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