Southwest Airlines was forced to ground its flights for an hour early Friday due to a computer glitch. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Computer glitch grounds Southwest Airlines flights early Friday

A computer issue caused Southwest Airlines to ground all of its flights nationwide Friday morning, KIII-TV reported.

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The stoppage began at 5:34 a.m. ET and ended at 6:26, the television station reported. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a computer-processing issue was the cause for the delay.

"We're truly sorry for the delays this morning. Our Network Operations Control Team is aware of the issue and are working diligently to get you on your way as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we work through this," Southwest said in a tweet.

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"Just a quick note to let you know we received your inquiry, that our systems are performing normally and flights are boarding," Southwest Airlines officials told KIII-TV in an email.

The technical issues were the latest for the Dallas-based airline. Over the past few days, Southwest was forced to cancel hundreds of flights because of poor weather or due to a maintenance “operations emergency,” KTVT reported.

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