Strong winds strand 300 soldiers at San Antonio Airport


    Around 300 soldiers have been stranded since around 6 p.m. Wednesday at a hanger at the San Antonio Airport after their plane was diverted. (SBG San Antonio)

    SAN ANTONIO - Strong winds from Wednesday's severe weather that hit El Paso stranded some soldiers in the San Antonio International Airport.

    Around 300 soldiers of the 155th Armor Brigade combat team have been stranded since around 6 p.m. Wednesday in an airport hanger. Their plane was diverted after being unable to land because of severe weather.

    According to Lt Colonel Christopher Patterson of the Mississippi Army National Guard, the pilot made several attempts to land in El Paso, but they were reporting 80 mph wind gusts.

    Since then, the soldiers have been waiting on a flight to Fort Bliss in El Paso.

    The group is on their way to Mississippi from a year deployment in Kuwait. They were serving in support of Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East.

    Lt. Colonel says lunch is being delivered and a plane should be arriving shortly. Soldiers say some airport staff brought them pizza and coffee.

    They are now scheduled to arrive in El Paso at 2:50 p.m. There, they will begin their demobilization process.



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