DEVELOPING STORY: Southwest Airlines has grounded all U.S. flights due to “equipment issues.”
“We should hopefully be resuming our operation as soon as possible,” Southwest said on Twitter.
More than 1,200 Southwest flights were delayed as of 10:45 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a tweet that “Southwest Airlines requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures.”
Southwest Airlines flights are ground stopped throughout the US right now due to “equipment issues,” per FAA. Grounds stops prevent any flights not already in the air from departing. pic.twitter.com/nSh6KveKOJ— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) April 18, 2023
BREAKING: Southwest Airlines grounds all planes across the U.S. due to "equipment issues" pic.twitter.com/ZkAKENK9rz— BNO News Live (@BNODesk) April 18, 2023