American Airlines flight reroutes back to Austin airport

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An American Airlines flight that was headed to Chicago from Austin had to turn back around due to a mechanical issue.

A spokesperson for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport says the flight was about 20 miles out from the airport when they rerouted back around 8:15 a.m. The pilot landed the plane safely and they’re currently making their way back to the gate as of 8:35 a.m.

American Airlines says there was an odor in the cabin; maintenance crews are currently checking the Boeing 737 to determine what the problem is.

One-hundred and forty-six passengers were on board but no evacuations were needed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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