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Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Wonky Wing

Pilot tells 109 passengers on plane that part of the wing had ‘fallen off’ and is then forced to make emergency landing

A Southwest Airlines (WN) flight diverted to San Antonio International Airport (SAT) Sunday after a piece of its wing appeared to be at an “irregular angle.”

“The Captain of Flight #987 on Sunday, Dec. 13, scheduled from Austin to Harlingen, made the decision to divert to San Antonio due to a flap track canoe fairing appearing to be at an irregular angle,” SW said in a statement to FlyterTalk Monday. “The flight carrying 109 passengers and five crew landed safely without incident in San Antonio at 4:32 CT.”

Flyers reported no injuries and San Antonio Fire Department crews towed the airplane safely to a gate, where WN removed the aircraft for further inspection. Flyers boarded another aircraft and arrived in Harlingen two hours late.

Jay Baker of Dripping Springs, Tex. was on the flight and told the San Antonio Express-News he noticed the wing part after he “experienced some of the worst turbulence” he’s ever felt after take off from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

“Had I not been strapped down, I would’ve easily been thrown out of my seat,” Baker told the Express-News. “It was weird. It felt like going through a storm, but there were obviously clear skies.”

“I don’t think we were afraid for our lives, but instead the piece falling off when we were landing or landing somewhere it could hurt someone on the ground,” he said.

Representatives from SAT did not immediately respond to FlyerTalk emails for comment.

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