Tuesday, April 15, 2014

International Flight Expected to Take Off Again After Emergency Landing at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Texas

5:01 p.m. Update

There are no injuries reported after an international flight from Cabo San Lucas had to make an emergency landing at the Abilene Regional Airport due to depressurization issues.

Mechanics are on the plane and are fixing the cause of the issue, saying the plane should take off again shortly after the necessary repairs are made.

All 138 passengers will remain on board the plane while the repairs are being made.

Since Abilene is not an international airport, customs agents would need to be called in from elsewhere before passengers could leave the plane.

4:26 p.m. Update

The plane has landed safely and the situation is now being assessed by emergency and airport personnel.

Original Story

An international flight is making an emergency landing at the Abilene Regional Airport.

The flight is an American Airlines MD80 coming in from Cabo San Lucas. The original destination was Dallas / Fort Worth.

The exact nature of the emergency has not yet been confirmed but it is reportedly a depressurization issue.

Customs agents are being brought in.

Abilene fire and emergency personnel have been called in.

We are at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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