LAX issues ground stop after Southwest Boeing 737 flight diverted to airport

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft is airborne as it departs Los Angeles International Airport.
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Los Angeles international Airport (LAX) issued a ground stop after a Southwest Airlines flight was diverted while flying to Burbank.  

According to the airline the aircraft suffered a “potential mechanical issue” and the order to divert was carried out.  

The Boeing 737 landed at LAX on Friday, July 21, 2023, and was held on the tarmac as vehicles, including several fire trucks, gathered around the jet.  

In an 18-minute video shared online the Southwest aircraft can be seen with airport officals stood around the aircraft and a flurry of vehicles coming and going.  

“Southwest Flight 1397 landed safely at runway 24L. There was a mechanical issue and a brief ground stop that was already lifted,” an LAX spokesperson told the Mail Online.

The flight was travelling from Sacramento in California when it was forced to divert to LAX. 

“Flight 1397 from Sacramento to Burbank diverted to LAX this afternoon because of a potential mechanical issue with the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely, and we are working with our customers to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible,” A spokesperson for Southwest said. 

They added: “The original aircraft is out of service and will undergo a maintenance review.” 

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