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Southwest flight out of San Jose diverted to Oakland due to emergency

A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Phoenix was diverted to Oakland International Airport on Monday after a problem was found with the flight controls.
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A Southwest Boeing 737 leaving San Jose for Phoenix was diverted to Oakland International Airport on Monday afternoon due to an emergency after some flight controls were not performing properly.

The plane, Southwest Flight 468, landed at the Oakland airport at 3:30 p.m. and was able to “taxi under its own power” to a gate, said Mona Hernandez, an airport spokeswoman.

“Indications in the cockpit were that a portion of the redundant flight control surfaces were not performing optimally and, as is required to deviate from a filed flight plan, the captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling into Oakland,” according to a statement from Southwest.

The 128 passengers and five crew members would board a different plane and continue to Phoenix, according to the statement.

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No one was injured during the incident, officials said.

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