Southwest Plane Diverts, Lands At Spirit During Storm

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - There were some tense moments on board a Southwest Airlines plane destined for Lambert Airport Sunday night.   The plane diverted and landed at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield leaving well over 100 passengers where they weren't suppose to be.

It all happened overnight. Authorities say concerns about storms moving through the area compelled the pilot to land at Spirit instead of Lambert.  The 737 Southwest Plane was still at Spirit early Monday morning.

Flight 3789 was supposed to land at Lambert around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the weather raised some issues.  The flight was coming from Denver. There were around 130 passengers on board. Passengers report the plane circled for a while before landing at Spirit.

Then passengers say  they sat on the tarmac for about an hour and a half before finally getting off the plane.  Passengers report the pilot telling them they were starting to run low on fuel before they landed at Spirit.

No one was hurt. Some passengers were bused back to Lambert. Others took taxis and some were picked up by loved ones.  Officials say Lambert never closed because of the weather and no other flights were diverted.   There is no word on when the plane will leave Spirit Airport.

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