A Federal Aviation Administration computer problem that caused flights to appear twice on controllers’ screens delayed air traffic in and out of the Houston area this afternoon.

The computer at a Bush Intercontinental Airport facility began to double the planes displayed at about 4:40 p.m., said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Technicians resolved the problem by 6 p.m.

The computer involved handles airline traffic over a large part of Central Texas, including all flights into and out of the Houston area. Flights at both of Houston’s airports were halted briefly.

About 40 Continental Airlines flights were delayed up to an hour and several Southwest Airlines flights in the Central Texas region were delayed by an average of 15 minutes, the airlines reported.


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