AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following a small plane crash near Austin Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday, airport officials say operations were not affected. However, KXAN did learn that at least one plane was diverted to San Antonio.
Multiple passengers who got off of a United Airlines flight at around 3:15 p.m. tell us as they were descending into ABIA, the plane suddenly went right back in the air. Passengers were notified by the crew that there had been an aircraft accident, and that they would be diverted to San Antonio. Nearly two hours later, the plane eventually landed at it’s final destination, and passengers were relieved to have arrived safely.
“Wheels were coming down and then we started rising again, and I thought OK,” said passenger Sherry Hart. “And then the pilot said there’d been an accident, they’re closing airport and we’re being diverted to San Antonio.”
“I was just concerned about them, because they were supposed to land three minutes before me,” said Jeanette Morey, another passenger on the diverted plane. Her friends had been on a plane that departed from Portland just moments before hers. “I didn’t want them to be on the aircraft to have the accident.”
“I feel great, I have a new grandbaby and I want to see him, so mission accomplished so far,” said Hart.
When asked about the plane diversion, ABIA spokesman Jason Zeilinski said they were not aware of it. He says that is a decision made by the airline, and that operationally the plane could have landed at the airport.