Southwest plane makes emergency landing at ABIA

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by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 7:18 PM

AUSTIN -- A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Tuesday afternoon. The plane landed with just one functioning engine.

Flight number 1647 bound for Ft. Lauderdale from Phoenix had 139 passengers on board.

The plane lost power in one engine somewhere over Central Texas. Protocol called for an emergency landing at the nearest viable airport.

ABIA spokesperson Jim Halbrook says a call came into control tower at 12:05 p.m. that the plane's engine had been lost, and it needed clearance for an unscheduled landing.

Airport rescue and firefighter trucks were on the runway as the plane landed, however they weren't needed; the 737 landed safely around 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon Dallas-based Southwest Airlines released this statement to KVUE:

"Flight #1647 from Phoenix to Ft. Lauderdale diverted to Austin this afternoon due to an engine that shutdown during the flight. Our flight crew safely landed in Austin and all 134 customers were accommodated on another aircraft as they continued their journey to Ft. Lauderdale. The aircraft was taken out of service and will be inspected in Austin."

 

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