Scott Ball / Rivard Report
An American Airlines flight bound for Dallas-Fort Worth and scheduled for Saturday at the San Antonio International Airport was aborted by the pilot for “undetermined reasons” and veered off runway 13R “at low-speed,” according to local aviation officials.
The Boeing 737-800 bound was carrying 38 passengers and six crew members on board the aircraft.
“Emergency teams immediately responded to the incident, secured the site, and safely deplaned all on board via standard air stair equipment,” according to a statement issued by airport officials shortly after 1 p.m. “No injuries were reported. American Airlines is working with the passengers to meet their accommodation and follow-on transportation needs.”
The runway remained closed Saturday afternoon while crews worked 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).”
Closure of the 13R runway resulted in significant delays for travelers on other flights since the airport’s other commercial runway 4/22 “was closed for scheduled construction associated with adjacent taxiways and intersections,” according to the statement.
“As the incident occurred, San Antonio International Airport aggressively pursued the option to re-open runway 4/22 with the FAA and construction crews,” aviation officials stated in the release.
That runway was reopened shortly afterwards around 1:30 p.m.
“This incident has had an impact on the traveling public, causing several delays and cancellations. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airlines for the latest information.”