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Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing after departing Austin

No passengers were harmed in the landing. (Southwest Airlines)

A Southwest Airlines flight lost access to one of its engines after departing from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport early in the morning on Saturday.


An ABIA spokesperson confirmed that Southwest flight 539, a Boeing 737-800 en route to Phoenix, Arizona, made an emergency return landing around 1:30 a.m.

Southwest Airlines confirmed that the plane landed with no issues or injuries after an issue with the number two engine and has been taken out of service for review.

According to a YouTube recreation of the event, roughly 117 people, including the crew, were onboard. Southwest said the passengers were transferred to another aircraft to complete the flight.

“Safety is always the Southwest Team’s uncompromising priority, and we appreciate the patience and support of our Customers,” the Southwest spokesperson said.

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