Earlier this morning, a United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco opted to divert to Los Angeles not long after departure from Santa Ana.
Incident: United Flight Santa Ana-San Francisco Diverts to Los Angeles…
United flight UA2480 is a routine scheduled flight between Santa Ana and San Francisco and departed the airport at 0736 local time this morning.
This flight was operated by N24224, one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N24224 is a 24.9 year old airframe which started out life with Continental Airlines back in December 1998.
Following the merger between the airline and United, the aircraft was subsequently handed over to the new carrier in October 2010, where it has been since.
The carrier has a fleet of 141 737-800 aircraft, of which 129 are in active service and 12 are parked.
Following its departure from Santa Ana this morning, UA2480 headed out west to San Francisco, but upon reaching FL310-320, the aircraft u-turned around and headed in the direction of Los Angeles.
The aircraft did not declare the emergency 7700 squawk during this u-turn, and departed LA at 1008 local time this morning to continue on to its original destination.
UA2480 is expected to land into San Francisco at 1100 local time, which is around one hour and 47 minutes behind schedule.
At this time, the cause of the diversion is not yet known, and upon acquiring that information, AviationSource will update the article accordingly once this is known.
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