A Southwest Airlines flight between Houston and Austin has diverted to San Antonio, with the reason unknown at this time.
Incident: Southwest Flight Houston-Austin Diverts to San Antonio…
Southwest flight WN3769 is a routine flight that appears to start off at Houston Hobby and makes its way to Austin, before continuing on to Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
This rotation was operated by N8801Q, one of the airline’s Boeing 737 MAX 8s that diverted into San Antonio earlier this morning.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N8801Q is a 4.2 year old airframe that was delivered to the carrier back in February 2021, following a short time in storage.
Of the MAX 8 variant, Southwest Airlines has 206 of them, of which 204 are in active service and two are currently parked at the time of writing.
It is understood that WN3769 departed Houston at 0652 local time this morning and proceeded west then north up to Houston Hobby Airport.
The aircraft appeared to have made an approach attempt into the airport, before operating a singular hold, and attempting again.
From there, the crew onboard opted to divert to San Antonio instead, with the reason for the missed approaches being unknown at this time.
WN3769 departed San Antonio not long after the diversion and headed back to Austin, where the aircraft will be expected to continue on to Albuquerque and Los Angeles today.
As soon as we find out the reason, then we will update the article accordingly, but for now this remains a developing story pending any further updates.
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