SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – An Alaska Airlines flight took off from San Diego Sunday en route for Cabo San Lucas, but the passengers on board were waiting for hours after their original flight was forced to make an emergency landing.
Alaska flight 232 had just taken off from Lindbergh Field just after 10 a.m. when one of the plane’s two engines began to overheat.
The pilot eventually decided to shut off that engine and return to San Diego on only one engine. The plane landed safely.
One passenger describes the moment when the pilot told them what was going on.
“He came back on later and told us exactly the reason why. But we clapped when he landed. So we were all pretty good. We were good. Good mood,” passenger, Kelly Sipes said.
“I was a little bummed. Really looking forward to getting down there and having a cocktail on the beach and now have to wait about seven hours longer to be able to do that,” passenger, Kevin Viniasz said.
The airline sent a spare plane from Seattle to San Diego so the passengers could continue on their journey.
THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – An Alaska Airlines flight to Cabo San Lucas was forced to return to San Diego due to signs of overheating Sunday.
According to an Alaska Airlines spokesperson, flight 232 left Lindbergh Field at 10:04 a.m. headed for Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico. Shortly after takeoff, at 10:38 a.m., the plane’s engine overheated. The plane landed back in San Diego without incident around 11 a.m.
The flight was rescheduled to depart at 5:05 p.m. Saturday and will arrive in Cabo at 8:11 p.m.