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American Airlines plane veers off Texas runway, stuck in mud

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO – An American Airlines plane veered off of a runway at the San Antonio airport during takeoff on Saturday morning and got stuck in the mud, authorities said.

No injuries were reported on American Airlines Flight 2214, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Flights at San Antonio International Airport were suspended after the plane became stuck at about 9:45 a.m. but resumed about four hours later.

San Antonio International Airport spokeswoman Evelynn Bailey said Saturday afternoon that the plane was still stuck, but the airport got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to open a second commercial runway that was closed for scheduled construction. The runway where the plane is stuck remains closed.

American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said the 38 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane were bused back to the terminal.

The Boeing 737 bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport aborted takeoff for undetermined reasons and veered off the runway at a low speed, Coello said. The flight had originally left Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Friday for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, she said. But she says the flight was diverted to San Antonio Friday because of storms in the Dallas area.

Lunsford says FAA investigators are on the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

The airport said the incident caused several delays and cancellations.

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