American Airlines flight forced to land in El Paso due to strong turbulence

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An American Airlines flight was diverted to El Paso International Airport Sunday evening after sustaining damage caused by “strong turbulence”.

American Airlines flight 1897 departed for Phoenix from San Antonio International Airport at 6:45 p.m. Central time, and landed in El Paso just after 8 p.m.

A passenger on the plane tells KTSM that the plane had a cracked windshield and damaged nose as a result of the turbulence.

According to NBC 5, officials say the aircraft sustained the damage due to weather about two hours into the flight.

130 passengers and five crew members were on board. No injuries were reported.

American Airlines released the following statement on the incident:

“On June 3, American Airlines flight 1897, from San Antonio to Phoenix, diverted to El Paso due to damage sustained by weather in flight. We commend the great work of our pilots, along with our flight attendants, who safely landed the Airbus A319 at 8:03 p.m. MDT.

The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused.”

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