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Technical issues ground United flights in Phoenix, rest of US

PHOENIX — Six United Continental flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor were temporarily grounded Wednesday morning when technical problems struck systemwide.

The airline cited “network connectivity” for the problems that kept its planes on the ground all over the country.

Less than two hours later, United requested the Federal Aviation Administration lift the ground stop order, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

It was the second time in two months that the carrier has had major technical issues.

The Chicago-based company also stopped all U.S. takeoffs June 2 for much the same reason.

The airline flies out of Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.