Southwest plane makes emergency landing after Austin departure

(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight has made an emergency landing in San Antonio after a part on the wing appeared to be at an “irregular angle.”

The airline said flight 987 from Austin to Harlingen landed safely in San Antonio with no injuries to the 109 passengers and five crew members.

Southwest says it has removed the aircraft from service for further inspection.

The problem part is what is called a “flap track canoe fairing,” which is a canoe shaped piece attached to the underside of the wing that reduces drag.

Another aircraft was deployed to fly the passengers on to Harlingen about two hours late.

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