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Computer Glitch Keeps United Flights on the Ground

United Airlines was forced to cancel scheduled flights this past Friday evening following a computer crash that impacted crucial systems, including its website, reservations and flight departures.

The 5-hour blackout was fixed at about 1 a.m. Saturday, although the airline anticipates lingering logistical issues for the next few days.

United Airlines says the cause was “network connectivity issues” that affected key systems at 8 p.m. Friday.

The airline has been providing updated information via its website, hotlines and Twitter.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Friday evening saw 16 flight cancellations, with 15 more occurring on Saturday, affecting thousands of U.S. travelers.

The company that owns United Airlines, United Continental Holdings, also possesses Continental Airlines, but they were not impacted by the issue.