Kansas City-bound AirTran flight diverted to Oklahoma City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 110 Kansas City-bound passengers on an AirTran flight made an unplanned visit to Oklahoma City Thursday night.

The passengers on AirTran Flight 442 from Houston to Kansas City took off from Houston's William P. Hobby Airport just before 5 p.m. Thursday. During the flight, the pilot reported a minor mechanical issue and diverted the flight, which was over east-central Oklahoma at the time, to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said passengers were taken off the first aircraft and boarded a second aircraft that was available to take the passengers on to Kansas City, a flight that arrived at Kansas City International Airport just before 8:30 p.m.

The spokesperson said the original plane, a Boeing 717, was taken out of service for further inspection.

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