San Antonio airport restores operations after flights delayed

Flights delayed at San Antonio International Airport after plane gets stuck on runway

SAN ANTONIO - After all commercial flights were suspended at the San Antonio International Airport due to an aircraft reportedly got stuck on the edge of a runway in the mud, the airport has restored normal operations.

They ask for passengers to contact their airline to check the status of operations.

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. Saturday after American Airlines Flight 2214, which was bound for Dallas-Fort Worth, veered off the edge of Runway 13-Right after takeoff.

In a statement to KENS 5, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said passengers exited the aircraft by a stairway and no injuries have been reported. A Facebook post from the San Antonio International Airport reported 38 passengers and six crew members were bused back to the terminal.

The runway will remain closed until crews are able to safely clear the aircraft from the runway vicinity, in collaboration with American Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), according to Facebook. FAA investigators are on the way to the location, and the National Transportation Safety Board was also notified.

At the time of the incident, the airport's other commercial aircraft runway was closed for scheduled construction associated with adjacent taxiways and intersections, according to Facebook. After the incident, the airport re-opened the runway with the FAA approval. The runway was cleared for use for airline customers, acording to San Antonio Airport.

A KENS 5 viewer reported that their flight coming into SAT was diverted to Austin. They then rented a car and drove back home to San Antonio because of the incident.

In a Facebook post, @SATairport wrote: “Flights are currently being delayed at San Antonio International Airport. Information updates will be posted via social media as they become available. Please contact your airline directly regarding changes in your flight.”

There is no word yet about when the flights will resume.

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